The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: Jay Gatsby

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Laura Johnson
March 5, 2013
Essay #5

In every person there are pros and cons. In one of the greatest novels of all time, The Great Gatsby, the author, F. Scott Fitzgerald, introduces us to an extremely controversial character, Jay Gatsby. However unlike Gatsby, Daisy, Gatsby’s true love, is an exceedingly one-dimensional character, and her pros are very hard to see if even evident at all. While I admire and dislike Gatsby for various reasons, my feelings towards Daisy are unquestionably pejorative. Though there is controversy about whether Gatsby is admirable or loathed, he has many obvious pros. Few people know what they want so early in life and are as determined to get it as Gatsby is. The only thing he wants is to get his dream girl, Daisy Buchanan, back to relive the past they had together five years ago. His courting of her becomes a ruthless obsession. Everything Gatsby does after meeting Daisy is for her benefit. He leaves behind all connections to his past so he could be suitable for Daisy. Even if his aspiration is not worthy, ambition in any person is a very respectable quality to have. Another of Gatsby’s admiral qualities is how caring he is. Even when people do not deserve his kindness, he gives it out very generously. At one of his elaborate parties, one of the guests tore her dress and Gatsby sent her a brand new one worth much more. On another occasion, Daisy takes Gatsby’s car and hits and kills an innocent person, Myrtle Wilson. Even though Gatsby had nothing to do with the accident, he protects Daisy by not revealing who was really driving. Many could argue that Gatsby is not as great as the title suggests. It is true that some of his actions can be perceived differently. Yes, he did come from nothing and become a self-made man, but he did not come upon his money from inheritance, as he wants everyone to believe. During the 1920’s Prohibition was causing a big uproar and Gatsby acquired his money by illegally selling alcohol. He had to...
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