The Great Gatsby The Flawed Narrator Essay — страница 2

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Gatsby has already confessed his love for Daisy. Gatsby loses control and begins ?defending his name against accusations that had not been made? (142). Fearing Daisy?s rejection once again, Gatsby fights hard to clear his name, but at this point Nick tells us that ?only the dead dream fought on as the afternoon slipped away, trying to touch what was no longer tangible, struggling unhappily, undespairingly, toward the lost voice across the room? (142). Obviously, the dream was still alive. After Daisy had killed Myrtle Wilson with Gatsby?s car, Jay goes to Daisy and Tom?s house and waits in the bushes. Gatsby is afraid that Tom will hurt her if he finds out that she was driving, but Nick tells us that Tom and Daisy are together at a kitchen table holding cold fried chicken and

bottles of ale. Without hurting Gatsby by telling him that Daisy and Tom are trying to work things out, Nick tries to get him to go home by saying that it was quiet in the house. Gatsby refuses to leave and Nick does not want to destroy his hopes. ?So I walked away and left him standing there in the moonlight?watching over nothing? (153). An enraged insanity comes over George Wilson because Tom has told him that the car that hit his wife belonged to Gatsby. Gatsby?s dream had been so big that he did not confess that it was actually Daisy who was driving the car. In the end Gatsby realized that his dream was shattered and that he would never be able to obtain Daisy, but it was too late. Wilson then killed Gatsby and committed suicide. As Gatsby dies, we must once again agree with

Nick on the subject of Gatsby?s self-knowledge: ?I have an idea that Gatsby himself didn?t believe it [the call from Daisy] would come, and perhaps he no longer cared. If that was true he must have felt that he had lost the old warm world, paid a high price for living too long with a single dream? (169). Gatsby has probably come to realize that you cannot repeat the past and his constant struggle for the American dream was now over. Fitzgerald seems to know the character Gatsby so well because he himself knows what it is like to be rejected of his dreams. However, Fitzgerald once again chased his dream and it came true but Gatsby?s dream ended in tragedy. Why did Daisy not leave Gatsby after she found out that he is rich and lives right across the bay from her in West Egg? The

answer is not the money he had but the type of money he had. Gatsby?s money was new money. He lived in West Egg, which represented ?new money.? Daisy came from a wealthy background, which represented ?old money.? She would be throwing her reputation away if she left Tom for Gatsby , and she is too greedy to let that happen. Gatsby does not realize it but Daisy is incapable of love because she is shallow and egotistical. ?His own dream of wealth meant nothing in itself; he merely wanted to buy back the happiness he had lost?Daisy? (Kazin 151). Gatsby?s act of making himself a self-made man established the guidelines for his life and set the tone of his behavior. As Jeffrey Steinbrink said: He learned early that detachment, disingenuousness, chicanery, and nerve often rendered even

the most imposing circumstances malleable; especially under the protective mantle of his army lieutenancy he found himself capable of taking from the world almost anything he wanted, virtually without penalty. In taking Daisy, however, he allowed his detachment to slip, and once more he entered the world of time?of human ties, memories, and decay (180). This leads to the question: Is the American dream possible or impossible? To me the answer is that the American dream is impossible. America obviously has a stereotype put on us to where we get what we want or we are not happy. Of course the two main goals are to be wealthy and to find true love, but does this actually lead to happiness. We are a greedy world and regardless of wealth and love we constantly want something else to

satisfy ourselves. There is a keyword in the phrase ?the American dream? that explains it in full. It is just a ?dream? that is unattainable. As The Great Gatsby has shown us, the dream may lead to moral corruption, a loss of the sense of what is right and wrong, misery, and maybe death as the character of Jay Gatsby has shown us.