Is The Great Gatsby Really Great?

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The Great Gatsby is a novel that has captivated the minds of many. One question still remains. Is Gatsby really great? The Great Gatsby is a novel that goes through the memories of the narrator, Nick Carraway, and his experience with a man named Jay Gatsby. Gatsby is in a sense the embodiment of the “American Dream” as he worked his way up from the bottom to the top all to get the girl of his dreams. Gatsby has his weak points but his strong points that led to his riches and achieving the all important “American Dream” outweigh them. His mark is forever left on the lives of those in the novel and his name remains known in the real world as well. The great American novel The Great Gatsby has ...view middle of the document...

Rumors circulate about Gatsby every which way from person to person as well. He even caught the attention of the press. “Gatsby’s notoriety, spread about by the hundreds who has accepted his hospitality and so become authorities upon his past, had increased all summer until it fell just short of being news.” (103). Hundreds of people talk about Gatsby. If great can be defined as someone who is well known, Gatsby fits the description.
Gatsby is widely known because he made a name for himself. Great can also be defined as someone who is admirable. From a young age many people are taught that an admirable person will work to change things all on his own. A good example is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who gave his speech “I Have a Dream” to change things for himself and his people. He risked his life and broke laws to change something he thought was worth it. Gatsby had a dream too. It was the classic American dream. Gatsby wanted to get rich and get the girl. When Gatsby was growing up he had a different name. That name was Gatz. He dug for clams and fished for salmon for a living and did janitorial work to go to school. It was not until Gatsby met Dan Cody that he became determined to change. He changed his name to Gatsby and was taken in by Mr. Cody to embark on a journey to make a name for himself. When Dan Cody passed he left Gatsby “a legacy of twenty-five thousand dollars. He didn’t get it.” (107). Gatsby was never given money. He made it himself. Even though he did it illegally by “bootlegging” he still got what he strived for. His determinedness does not stop there either. Gatsby still needed his girl. His past love from before he served in the military, Daisy. Daisy was now married and Nick tried to convince him it was nearly impossible to get her back. Gatsby replied with “‘Can’t repeat the past?’ he cried incredulously. ‘Why of course you can!’ he looked around him wildly, as if the past were lurking here in the shadow of his house, just out of reach of his hand. ‘I’m going to fix everything just...

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