The Life That Jay Gatsby Built

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Sabrina Cooper
English 1B
Argumentative Essay
July 11, 2012
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The Life That Jay Gatsby Built For Himself
In the novel “The Great Gatsby” written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1920 illustrates the lifestyles of the wealth adapted throughout life by many that could possibly lead to fame or misfortune. One particular character that Fitzgerald focused on was Jay Gatsby. Gatsby was a man who was from the West Egg but portrayed to be someone from the East Egg all alone. Gatsby had good intentions but they did not fit his character. He was a man who gained wealth illegally for all of the wrong reasons. He put himself in the spotlight that didn’t fit the person he was. Gatsby lived life as a lie just to gain love from a woman he barely even knew. The East Egg was not his lifestyle and it only ruined him in the end “I see now that this has been a story of the West, after all---Tom and Gatsby, Daisy and Jordon and I, were all Westerners, and perhaps we possessed some deficiency in common which made us subtly unadaptable to Eastern life” (pg.176). Born poor on the West Egg is where Gatsby came from. He never accepted that type of lifestyle nor considered himself a part of it. He dreamed of an imaginary life that he would never be able to adapt to. He was born poor and that’s basically who he was. Gatsby lived a dream that was almost impossible to achieve based on deceit, love, and acceptance.

Gatsby is a young man that dreamed of being wealthy “His parents were shiftless and unsuccessful farm people—his imagination had never really accepted them as his parents at all (pg.98). Gatsby has his mind made up that he is greater than his parent’s and he is a man of his own creation without them,

He is a son of God----a phrase which, if it means anything, means just that----and he must be
about His Father’s business, the service of a vast, vulgar, and meretricious beauty. So he
invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen-year-old boy would be likely to...
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