Gatsby Is Truly Great

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Jay Gatsby is Truly Great

In the novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald creates Gatsby who is a man who over time, becomes great. He begins life as just an ordinary, lower-class, citizen. But Gatsby has a dream of becoming wealthy. After meeting Daisy, he has a reason to strive to become prominent. Throughout his life, Gatsby gains the title of truly being great in order to impress Daisy, but Daisy is an unworthy goal.

Many stories fly around about Gatsby but no one knows what to really believe. For instance, Jordan Baker makes the comment, "I think he killed a man" (49). Even when Gatsby confesses his past, he does not always tell the truth. He tells Nick he inherited great wealth, but in reality, Gatsby gains his wealth on his own. Even though Gatsby lies, the fact that he makes himself wealthy, and goal driven, makes him even greater (sutton).

When Gatsby is still James Gatz, he has dreams of leaving his life on the farm behind and becoming part of the upper-class. Even Gatsby's father says, "If he'd lived, he'd of been a great man" (169). Little does his father know that Gatsby is already great. Gatsby does not always do the right thing to gain his wealth, but he always has good intentions.

When Gatsby meets Daisy, she is the only one thing that matters to him. It takes a great man to have that kind of love for one person. Even though Daisy does not deserve Gatsby's love,

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he is loyal to her until the end. Daisy is both the main cause of Gatsby's greatness, and also the only cause of his lavish parties. His absolute love and devotion for her is what destroys him, even before his death (sutton). He is willing to risk everything and die for her, and for that he is truly great.

Gatsby and Nick both served in the war and he tells Nick "Then the war came ... it was a great relief, and I tried very hard to die..."(66). Gatsby knows he is not good enough for Daisy and death would have been an easy way out. However, Gatsby survives the...
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