Gastby's Flawed Grail

Topics: The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jay Gatsby Pages: 2 (708 words) Published: January 10, 2013
Gatsby’s Flawed Grail

The knightly quest for the grail, is a quest where hero’s search for objects that have great importance to them. During the medieval times, it was an adventure where individuals set off to attain something they truly desire. The grail can be anything from a rare piece of jewellery, or in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel “The Great Gatsby” a human being, Daisy Buchanan. Jay Gatsby has spent his whole life to build up his wealth to win back his long lost love Daisy. Throughout the novel Gatsby obsession with Daisy blinds him from seeing how materialistic and hollow she really is. Fitzgerald’s novel is an ironic inversion of the knight’s quest for a grail because of the lack of noble character traits displayed by Jay Gatsby, his illegal business and his own flawed grail, Daisy Buchanan.

Jay Gatsby is the inversion of noble knight, which makes his quest for his grail “Daisy” ironic. The important character traits knights have are honesty, integrity, loyalty. A knight’s ideals and intentions are morally right and done with one’s person interest to the side. Gatsby lacks this because he is too, materialistic, self-centered and corrupted, but also because of his involvement in illegal businesses that helped him cheat his way to wealth. In chapter 4, Gatsby introduces Nick to Meyer Wolfsheim. Gatsby reveals to him that he had fixed the World Series, and when Nick asks how Gatsby replies “He just saw the opportunity” (71). Gatsby’s association with Meyer Wolfsheim indicates his crowd that he hangs around with is shady and corrupted. Gatsby is so determined to win back Daisy he is willing to do absoultly anything to impress and catch her attention.

Gatsby was known for hosting large and lavish parties that would he thought would attract and interest people from all over including Daisy. He hopes that the large crowds, flashing lights and will bring them together. In chapter 3, Nick and Jordan hear some rumors that have been circling around...
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