Is The Great Gatsby "Great"

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What does it mean to be great? In the novel, The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the author introduces a character known as the, “Great” Gatsby, but is this character truly great? I think that the character, the Great Gatsby truly is great because of the following reasons.

The Great Gatsby’s born name is James Gatz. He was born poor, in poverty in which he knew he didn’t belong. He always knew he was destined for greatness and power beyond anyone's imagination. However, despite his great poverty stricken background, James Gatz met a man who would change all of that. The mans name was Dan Cody, whom taught Gatz everything he knew about being a successful wealthy man. Dan Cody taught Gatz how to speak and act like a wealthy man as well as gave him the catch phrase of calling everyone, “old sport”, and he also gave him the new name of Jay Gatsby. So, despite his poverty Jay Gatsby soon learned how to behave like a proper wealthy man. And he did what he could do to make money. This is somewhat a debatable topic though because the way Gatsby did earn his wealth was through the black market: selling drugs, selling alcohol (which was illegal at the time) e.c.t) which some thinks lessons the greatness of Gatsby. However, I think Gatsby earning his money through the black market (although not the best way to do it) does not make him less great. Throughout the novel there are many characters Nick, ( the main character; narrator of the novel) and The Great Gatsby encounter. All, or at least a good amount of the characters, are rather twisted. Most are having affairs, alcoholics or just plain racists. Gatsby, however is not like this. He and Nick, are the only characters in the novel, frankly, that seem normal. So Gatsby continues to gain his wealth. Becoming the most wealthy person around. He throws parties every weekend with his max amount of money, with no cares. But why? Why would Gatsby throw parties so often for no

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