An Analysis Of The Jay Gatsby In — страница 2

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does is to show how much money Gatsby possesses. When Daisy finally realizes this, a problem occurs. Clearly Gatsby has the money, unfortunately he does not have the right type of money, he comes from the wrong class of society. Due to the dream of attaining a higher social class and for Daisy, Gatsby tries to recapture his past, even if he is being forced to tell lies. In order to achieve a certain reputation, so that Daisy will love him (she may already love him, but she won’t live with him), Gatsby uses his dirty money, his association with well known people, and numerous gestures to obtain this level of respect. Gatsby’s “mysterious source of wealth” (Fitzgerald), as Fitzgerald describes is through an activity called bootlegging. This illegal business is very risky,

yet very prosperous. Gatsby uses it to “get rich quick”. While this may be, this enterprise does not raise Gatsby’s level of respect. The kind of wealth he needs is “acquired” wealth. The kind of wealth he achieves is earned. In the prominent East Egg, and with Daisy, this type of wealth is unacceptable. Also, association is used in Gatsby’s struggle for prestige. When taking Tom through his party, he stops at every famous person available. Gatsby includes anyone famous, even those who are morally bad. However, “fixing” any game, let alone the world series, is something believably wrong. Gatsby actually goes to the extent of putting his name to someone who wears teeth for cufflinks. Even though his money and his associations are important, perhaps the most

important way that Gatsby tries to earn his importance is his gestures. Due to Gatsby s poor upbringing, he goes so far as to try and alter his form and speech to obtain a respect. “He smiled understandingly . . . It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it . . .” ( ). To gain a certain level of integrity, Gatsby modifies his speech, his manners, his whole body language in order to seem respectable. Gatsby almost perfectly creates the illusion that he is what he is trying to be. What he is trying to be is respectable, and his dirty money, his association, and his “gestures” nearly accomplish that. The realization that he can never buy Daisy Buchanan, the American Dream , or true happiness never fully dawns upon Jay Gatsby. Satisfaction must

come from hard work and effort, not from an easy illegal job. Jay Gatsby tries to fool everyone by putting on a facade, a mask of opulence and wealth. However, he is never fully accepted and his dreams of attaining Daisy Buchanan are never completely fulfilled. Money in itself can buy many things: houses, cars, fancy clothes. These are all material things; Jay Gatsby wants the the immaterial, a love he lost long ago. But, the dawning of realization comes too late for many, and Jay Gatsby never quite understands that you cannot purchase happiness.