The Great Gatsby Character

“I wouldn’t ask too much of her,” I ventured. “You can’t repeat the past.”

“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 the way it was before,” he said, nodding determinedly. “She’ll see.”

A novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, titled “The Great Gatsby” is set in the 1920’s and tells a story of a man, Jay Gatsby, still longingly searching for the love of a girl so lost to him. Although this seems to be the theme to the story, it is only the surface to everything. The Great Gatsby is strongly built on illusion and is alluded to the whole idea of “the American dream”. The two other characters this essay will be explaining are Nick Carraway and Daisy Buchanan.

Throughout the novel we are observing a man known to be The “Great” Gatsby, a man too good to be true. The idea of Gatsby being Great, is a false assumption. A man of mystery and wealth, who throws the most lavish parties for everyone is only the surface of lies yet to come. Jay Gatz or Gatsby as he’s known now. Is a man originally from North Dakota. He is the son of poor farmer, at the age the age of seventeen he changed his name and sought to rewrite himself for the better. Knowing

Don’t be what you’re not Instead of trying to be what you think you need to be, become a better version of what you are.

The Great Gatsby level 1 English MD

Nick Carraway:

Nick Carraway is a young man from Minnesota who, after being educated at Yale travels to New York to seek a life in the Bond business. He starts off the novel appealing to us as the perfect narrator, “In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.” ‘Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,’ he told me, ‘just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.’ In consequence I’m inclined to reserve all judgments, a habit that has opened up many curious natures to me…” Through the book, Nick meets new people that challenge this part of him. He tries to separate him self off from the pulling of the New York party life, that seems to pull apart the very world he tries to fit into. When introduced to Gatsby, Nick gets involved into his life and starts to realize how little of him everybody knows. Nick gets himself tangled up into Gatsby’s fantasy; that Daisy, Nick’s cousin, has always loved him and will leave her husband for him.

 

Gatsby:

Jay Gatsby is a man described greatly by Nick as, “the single most hopeful person I’ve ever met”. Gatsby is a successful, very wealthy young man, known for throwing the wildest parties over in him West Egg mansion. Jay Gatsby was soldier in WWI, a lieutenant that was stationed near to Daisy’s home town Louisville. After meeting each other a couple times, Daisy and Gatsby fell in love. Unfortunately Gatsby was called off to war and Daisy was left to marry Tom Buchanan, a young man of extreme wealth from an aristocratic family. Tom had the support of Daisy’s parents and could give her a rich lifestyle, so off Daisy went and married him. Once Nick learns that Gatsby isn’t who he says he is, Nick sees him as a deeply flawed man and dishonorable also. Gatsby is definitely a man who can be admired though. His desire to have a life with Daisy is so unrealistic but he still lets it lead him into a life of lie. Gatsby acquired his wealth through illegal means of organized crime; he distributed alcohol and traded in stolen securities.

 

Daisy Buchanan:

Daisy Buchanan is the pure, rich, innocent, white girl who during the novel seemed to be only stirring up trouble for Gatsby, and of course making trouble for her cousin Nick. Daisy isn’t all that bad though, she only wants to be with Tom, her husband, but knows deep down she still has feelings for her long lost love Jay Gatsby. After coming to one of Gatsby’s parties, Gatsby and her start to talk again. Although once Daisy and Gatsby walk off to talk more, Tom gets suspicious, knowing that they didn’t come to this party randomly. As said to describe Daisy, Fitzgerald used the color white. “The only completely stationary object in the room was an enormous couch on which two young women were buoyed
up as though upon an anchored balloon. They were both
in white and their dresses were rippling…” The reason that Fitzgerald has put Daisy and Jordan in white show innocence and purity. Another quote to describe the house Daisy and Tom lived in, “Their house was even more elaborate than I expected, a cheerful red and white Georgian Colonial mansion overlooking the bay.”  “The windows were ajar and gleaming white against the fresh grass…”

Gatsby’s Mansion

Tom and Daisy’s house

Valley of Ashes

 

 

Creative writing

“Ring”

The bell goes, alerting everyone to hastily make their way to class.

“Bang”, doors swing open and a tidal wave of chatter and noise appear, quickly trying to nab a seat next to their best friends.

“Morning class,” says the gruff voice of potbelly teacher, sun reflecting off the top of his mirror like skull.

“Get out your books and we’ll begin; in silence.”

He keeps his gaze over the class trying to pick out the trouble makers, the ones that are going to attempt at best to make his life as difficult as possible. Not wanting to seem too paranoid he turns away, takes a seat at his desk and gives a sigh.

Minutes in and it still wasn’t silent, there were sniffles followed by whispers and the shuffling of papers followed by the tapping of keys. Every so often he’d catch a student with their head bowed too much and walk over to confiscate their brand new iPhone. Outside, the cheers of excitement from a P.e class cause more disruption in the room. Slowly but surely the noise starts to climb, higher and higher.

“Quiet!” yells the teacher, “there is meant to be silence in the classroom”.

……….

No ring, nobody rushing through the crowded hallways on a strict time frame. Doors, only to be pushed open by the cleaning lady’s trolley as she makes her way into the devastation. The desks stand in what are meant to be rows unmoved and undisturbed, she swings her gaze over the room picking out the parts that were going to be a problem, the trouble makers, the ones that will make her work as tiring as possible. She prepares to start cleaning, plugging in her Walkman and pushing on her headphones, she looks at the clock and begins. Moving from desk to desk she attacks, cleaning every little bit of grime. Apart from the occasional hum, and skiwrt! of the spray bottle, she worked in silence. Every so often she would take a glance through the windows as she wiped them down. Staring out into the darkness she’d remember the days when she played on a field, just like this one. Thinking of all the fun and games that took place, she returned back to work. Trailing off on her thoughts, the cleaning lady wondered what would be different if she had paid just a bit more attention, during those long school hours.

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