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The Great Gatsby Essay

  • Submitted by: Oti_Df
  • on December 9, 2008
  • Category: English
  • Length: 590 words

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In The Great Gatsby, fascinating novel by Fitzgerald, Gatsby, the main character, begins to decline and loose all hope after the fall of his illusions. Gatsby had lived for five year immerged in a world of his own, created by his fervid imagination to gain the approval of the girl he loved. When he realizes she isn’t enough in respect to his dreams, and that he has lost her, he begins to decline and loose all faith in life. His lost of hope leads to his end, both emotional and social, therefore George Wilson made Gatsby a favor by killing him and giving an end to his disastrous decline.
The fall of Gatsby’s illusions, is mainly caused by the excessive hope and expectations Gatsby had towards Daisy, which she couldn’t possibly fulfill. Gatsby ‘had thrown himself into it with a creative passion, adding to it all the time, decking it out with every bright feather that drifted his way’; he had therefore created an ideal Daisy during the years of separation, which he expected to find. Fitzgerald adds that ‘No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man can store up in his ghostly heart’, this quote seems to be directed at humanity, although it is also related to Gatsby. The author says that images created go far beyond reality and can’t therefore be challenged. Gatsby had lived of images, adding constantly to them and reality will obviously be far from these and will be disappointing.
‘The colossal vitality of his illusions’ give Gatsby the strength to achieve his dream of conquering Daisy, however, when he meets her again ‘ a faint doubt occurred to him as to the quality of his present happiness’. His dreams were so far that he was disillusioned, ‘Daisy had tumbled short of his dreams’. Everything that had had a great significance for Gatsby in his hope lost its value, as the light, which had a ‘colossal significance’ and was then just ‘ a green light on a dock’.
Gatsby was so passionate about Daisy that apart from the ‘faint doubt’ about his happiness,...

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