An essay on the great gatsby

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  I'm just done with my essay on The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I though maybe someone needs it someday, so I put it here:

A Romeo That Dies Without His Juliet

Love is one of the main challenges that a man may face in his life. Many stories are about love, and so is F.Scott Fitezgerald's The Great Gatsby. Jay Gatsby, who is the main character of this novel, has a dream that is tighten to a love. Love is the main substance of Gatsby's American dream, but it also makes him unrealistic, leading to his downfall, showing that the American dream is impossible to be reached. Love's effect on Gatsby is portrayed through Gatsby's faults which were related to love, his pride that is caused by love, and finally his impossible dream that is a result of his intense love.

Gatsby makes many mistakes throughout the story. He believes that he can ignore the time current and go back. In fact, when Nick, who is his sincere friend, tells him that he should not think of rebuilding a relationship that has been finished long time ago, and is lost in memories, he respondes: “Can I go to past? Of course I can!” His idealistic conviction that he can ignore time, is brought up by his strong love, that has decreased the reason and amplified the passion in him during the years he and Daisy were separated. Moreover, he is ready to sacrifice his life for Daisy. When Nick asks him if Daisy had been the driver of the car which killed Myrtle Wilson, Gatsby replies, “Yes, but of course I'll say I was.” He does not like to leave Daisy with a crime that can lead to her execution, not aware of what Daisy does to him at the end, demonstrating that he is not reasonable about his love. Also, his love mainly contributes to his death. Right before his death, he is still thinking that Daisy is going to call him: “...left word with the butler that if anyone phoned word was to be brought to him at the pool.” He seems to be a totally emotional character, that can not believe that Daisy is going to betray him, while it happens, and Daisy leaves him to die alone. It proves how Gatsby is not smart enough to realize the reality about Daisy and his love. Therefore, Gatsby seems to be really affected by his love, but not in a positive way, but in a negative one.

Nevertheless, Love's effect on Gatsby is not limited to his faults; it also has a great impact on his personality traits. Love has made him so proud of himself, and this pride has no good end as well. For example, he offers Nick a job for the favour he does for him, which is asking Daisy to come for a tea. Gatsby describes the job as: “It wouldn't take up much of your time and you might pick up a nice bit of money. It happens to be a rather confidential sort of thing.” But he does not understand Nick's character, who does not like to get a reward for such a favour, and does not like to get involved in organized crime: “But, because the offer was obviously and tactlessly for a service to be rendered, I had no choice to cut him off there.” His arrogance seem to make him think he should pay Nick. Also, it shows that he does anything needed to meet his love, and the fact that he is generous when spending for his love, but he is fanciful to think Nick accepts such gifts, and this impracticality and awkwardness is all caused by love. In addition, he thinks of himself as a person who gains whatever he wants and nothing can stop him. He thinks “he is a son of God,” not thinking that a son of God can be killed someday, too! These imaginary and absurd images, are all involved with romance, and this is the passion that has these illusions for Gatsby. Thus, Gatsby is a egoistic and insolent character who is blinded by his passion.

Although Gatsby's arrogance has a critical value in his downfall, the contributions of romance to Gatsby's life are not limited to his traits. Love is the subject of Gatsby's life, the subject which has polished his American dream. In other words, Gatsby's dream started with money, but was continued by love. Even though it was “from Don Cody” that he inherited the dream of becoming rich, but if Daisy did not like “a hundred people in four private cars”, a “ whole floor if the Seelbach Hotel”, and a “string of pearls valued at three hundred and fifty thousand dollars,” Gatsby did not feel the necessity to become rich as soon as he can and he did not have to do illegal works that corrupted him and his dream. Love is certainly what makes him to rush in becoming rich, and romance is the greatest portion of his dream. Furthermore, he expects too much in his dream. When he asks Daisy to tell Tom that she has never loved Tom, Daisy says that she loves them both, and also says: “Gatsby! You're expecting too much!” This high expectation reveals that his dream is not practical, so far from being practical that is inaccessible. Eventually, “the green light”, and “the orgastic future” which represent his dream, “elude us”, telling that the peruse of American dream is insane and nonsensical, although “we beat on, boats against the current,” and the false move is repeated and repeated again.

In conclusion, the huge impact of romance to Gatsby's character, exhibit him as one who is not sensible, and it builds an impractical dream for him, revealing the theme that it is impossible to attain the American dream. Gatsby's numerous mistakes, his faulty egoism, and his improbable dream show the strong influence of love on Gatsby; however, The Great Gatsby has not a happy ending, and at the end the audience is left we a Romeo that dies alone, without his Juliet.

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