19 March, 2013
F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is a novel that best signifies America in the 1920s. In this novel, the narrator, Nick Carroway, helps his friend Jay Gatsby reunite with the love of his life, which he has been in love with for the past five years. The affair between Daisy Buchanan and Jay Gatsby fails and unfortunately ends in Gatsby being shot and killed. These events were so surreal due to Gatsby’s vision and goals and eventually becoming his reality, but unfortunately couldn’t cope with the reality when it came crashing down on him.
Gatsby’s success in the beginning of the novel starts off with his false portrayal of perseverance to make a difference in this world. With the cover up of the illegal bootlegging, Gatsby is shown in his persistent need to show off his successful ways of earning money. For example, Nick says, “there was music from my neighbor’s house through the summer nights. In his blue gardens men and women came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars” (Fitzgerald 31). Gatsby demonstrates his compulsive need to show his success, riches, and extravagances in and to the city of New York. In the literary criticism, written by Thomson Gale, the author strongly expresses the “echoes of the American dream pervade the novel which contrasts the supposed innocents and moral sense of the western egg” (Pavlovski 133). This portrayal of the American dream through Fitzgerald’s gaudy perception is a distortion of the truth and moral values that benefit us.
Jay Gatsby finally reaches his final goal of catching Daisy’s interest in him. Unfortunately Gatsby and Daisy do not live up to the expectations they are being held to. Jay’s distinct view of life around him twists his perspective of reality. He sees Daisy in a different way instead of just as another grown woman and links her beautiful personality and unique ways with his problems and...