in the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jay Gatsby is a mysterious man living in the West Egg district of Long Island. Gatsby is extremely wealthy and owns a mansion with a large swimming pool, a fancy car, and dozens of servants. Every Saturday night, he throws extravagant parties which many people, most of whom haven’t even been invited, attend. No one really knows anything about Gatsby, except that he is rich and generous. However, many rumors are created about him.
Some say that he was a German spy during the war and some say that he killed a man. As the summer progresses, Nick Carraway the narrator who is also Gatsby’s neighbor, learns more about who Gatsby really is, or rather who he isn’t and reasons why he lives his life as he does. Nick doesn’t approve of Gatsby’s lifestyle and the way he earns his money, but nevertheless he sees Gatsby as superior to those who surround him.
Nick admires the romantic hope that motivates Gatsby to pursue his dreams. Jay Gatsby’s greatness is a result of his naive belief that he can make his dreams a reality. In the beginning of the novel, Nick sums up Gatsby’s character and the reasons why he respects him. “…Gatsby who represented everything for which I have an unaffected scorn. If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him…This responsiveness had nothing to do with that flabby impressionability which is dignified under the name if the ‘creative temperament’it was an extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness such as I have never found in any other person and which is not likely I shall ever find again.”(6)
Nick makes it very clear that he doesn’t agree with the way Gatsby makes and uses his money. Although Nick comes from a very wealthy family himself, he was taught to work hard for his money. Nevertheless, he does find himself admiring Gatsby. He values Gatsby’s hope, no matter how false it is, that one day he will have a life with.
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