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The Great Gatsby Essay

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Symbol:

Gatsby looks for Daisy in the green light at the end of her dock. Does any one in the story truly know Daisy? Does the light becomes a symbol for something else?
---No, there is nobody in the story truly know Daisy. The green light not only represents Daisy as a person ,but it also symbolizes a dream, an unattainable dream for Gatsby. And the dream just like his elusive future. As Nick states at the end of this novel, "Gatsby believed in the Green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter- tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms futher... And one fine morning-..."(pg.171)

Nick describes that Gatsby had created an illusion of "colossal vitality." Taking Nick's point of view, what has Daisy come to represent? Why has Gatsby created such a "colossal" illusion?
---I think Daisy may represent the motivity for Gatsby to live up to Daisy's ideal. ...view middle of the document...

This novel uses the character Gatsby to reveal how the American Dream works and Gatsby also symbolizes the American Dream, but the death of him symbolizes that the American Dream is not so realistic and people often fail to capture it. For Gatsby, the power for him to chase the American Dream is his goal of reclaiming Daisy, but in the end his dream doesn't come true, and even himself ends up having a tragic death.

"My family have been prominent, well-to-do people in this Middle Western city for three generations. The Carraways are something of a clan, and we have a tradition that we're descended from Dukes of Buccleuch, but the actual founder of my line was my grandfather's bother, who came here in fifty-one, sent a substitute to the Civil War, and started the wholesale hardware business that my father carries on today." (pg.8)
-Through what Nick describes, his family is a typical one through hard work to getting what they have today---the American Dream.

Character Development and Changes of Perspective:

Identify whether the following characters are static or dynamic and explain: Nick, Gatsby, Daisy, Tom.
---Nick is a dynamic character( honest---dishonest/ an ultimate mystery ; learns bad things from rich people like Gatsby and Tom, and finally realizes that he will never be the same Nick as before)
---Gatsby is a dynamic character(Jimmy Gatz→Jay Gatsby; from a poor kid with big dreams to a rich man with only one dream)
---Both Daisy and Tom are static character(Daisy is somewhat dynamic) ,I think ,because the appears not having significant changes throughout the novel.

In the case that the characters above, and the world they inhabit, does not actually change, how does the reader's perception of these characters and the world change?
Let's use Daisy as a example, she is simply a beautiful women, she doesn't change a lot during the story. But the reader's perception of Daisy might be so different throughout the book. For most time, She is mysterious, intriguing, delightful and she has a "full of money"money voice; but sometime she could be a dreamer like Gatsby as she is not happy with her marriage and dream to have someone else to love her, also, Daisy is a real girl, like rest of us as she finally choose to stay with Tom.

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