The Great Gatsby "Dust"

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The Great Gatsby "Dust"

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In the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the narrator, Nick, was uncertain about how he felt about Gatsby. Initially, Gatsby feigned into being someone that he was not. Throughout the novel Nick got to know who Gatsby really was and saw a side of Gatsby that not many people got to see. This is proven when the author writes, “No, Gatsby turned out alright in the end. It was what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that temporarily closed out my interest in the abortive sorrows and short-winded elations of men.” Nick’s perception of Gatsby is much different from that of the other characters in the novel, and saw how scrupulous Gatsby was. However, while Gatsby was pursuing his ultimate goal of getting Daisy back, he got involved in illegal activity, the pursuit of wealth, and came across many horrible people throughout his journey in life. These events are “what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams” and was the ultimate cause of his death. Nick’s perception of Gatsby is valid because he was among the few characters that got to know who Gatsby really was, instead of the fake stories that Gatsby told majority of people on Long Island.

In the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Daisy’s husband, Tom Buchanan, was a haughty and possessive man who only thought of himself. This is proven when the author writes, “That fellow had it coming to him. He threw dust into your eyes just like he had in Daisy’s but he was a tough one.” Tom was jealous that Gatsby had stolen his wife’s affections which led him to rat out Gatsby to George Wilson, ultimately causing Gatsby’s death. Tom’s perception of Gatsby is invalid because Tom refuses to seek the truth about Gatsby. Tom could have easily found out that it was Daisy who killed Myrtle, but Gatsby took the blame because he couldn’t bare to see the consequences that Daisy would face. Instead Tom thought that Gatsby was just a fake and fed them lies, thus blinding all...
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