The Great Gatsby
Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald
Contributed by Karim Chandra
Character Analysis
Jay Gatsby

Jay Gatsby seems to be an epitome of the American dream as the novel begins. He is depicted as a self-made affluent man. He has amassed great wealth through his shrewd business deals. He is also charismatic and a lover of fun, if his lavish lifestyle is anything to go by. He is fond of hosting weekly parties at his home. He lives in Post-war America and, therefore, keen on gaining from the benefits that come with the postwar terrain. Right from the start of the novel, he appears to be quite mysterious and hard to grasp. It is not clear of how he amassed his immense wealth. The stories behind the issue are numerous, and the audience e is only left to guess how it could have happened. Nick Carraway, however, manages to unearth the story behind Jay Gatsby. He learns that the man was born in abject poverty in North Dakota. At the time, he was called James Gatz. He, therefore, came up with the name Jay Gatsby, while he was young. He felt that the invention of his new name was one of the steps towards achieving sophistication. He yearned to be different and lived each day chasing the dream.

Gatsby is, however, cunning. He chooses to keep his background secret and only projects to people what he wants them to see. Given the mysterious life that he leads, he makes people attain a high level of speculation. Some of them, therefore, end up having the belief that he is a German spy. Other people state that he made his money from different illegal activities that he has been involved in. Some of the activities that presume include the sale of alcohol and gambling. Other people believe that he killed someone and took his wealth. In spite of the different stories that revolve around him, Gatsby does not seem to care. He is more focused on how he can build his empire and attain some form of prestige that he has been after, for long.

His main aim has been to impress Daisy Buchanan, a young maiden, which he had fallen in love with before World War I broke out. Gatsby acts as a façade for both the best and the worst that the American dream could bear. The dream needs a more stable foundation to stand still. Otherwise, it is likely to break down. The fall of Gatsby is seen as something that may easily be determined by the audience, right at the start of the novel. He had a high level of indulgence and recklessness, factors that could be seen as the most significant contributors to the imminence of his funeral.

Nick Carraway

Nick Carraway acts as the narrator, telling the audience how the story goes. He appears to be an ambitious young man. He has just come back to the country after participating in the World War I. He settles in New York and takes a job as a bonds salesperson. The friends of Nick portray him as a truthful, impartial and fair man. His characteristics, therefore, accord him the position of a mediator whenever there is a conflict among his friends as well as people who may not be close to him. He has also seen the differences that exist between the rich and the poor in his community. The situation has, therefore, seen him experience a challenge of being influenced superficially by both sides.

Daisy Buchanan

She is a flighty woman who is mostly superficial, foolish and self-absorbed. She falls in love and marries Tom Buchanan, a wealthy and arrogant man. She, thereby, strikes an affair with Jay Gatsby, who is her former lover. In the most of the novel, Daisy does not seem to showcase any of her emotions. She, rather, only showcases the real boredom that she may be experiencing. The audience, therefore, gets an idea that Daisy is not experiencing the form of good life that she may be wishing for. One, thus, gets the idea that she does not experience any emotion and has, rather, learned to suppress them accordingly to attain the best form of outcome that may enable her to handle the situation that she finds herself in well. Daisy quickly abandons the affair that she has with Jay Gatsby when Tom Buchanan confronts her of the same after finding out. Daisy is an epitome of how wealthy women were during the 1920s.

They had elegant dresses and behaved in a way that had some level of sophistication to appear highly modern and ready to take on some of the challenges they faced as women. She seemed to be engrossed in the life of the 1920s and show how blissful her life had managed to turn out, owing to the high level of wealth she had managed to have. The action of Daisy where she happens to run away from the accident she has proven that she is only ready to take risks when the activity does not pose a direct risk to her life. It also shows that she is willing to take the given risk when it is clear that it accords her the chance to benefit immensely from such an activity.

Tom Buchanan

Tom Buchanan is largely boastful, arrogant and unruly. It is also highly controlling and self-centered. To that effect, he is only concerned with engaging in activities that provide him a chance to benefit much. He, therefore, seems to be less concerned with the actions of other people and how he may be of assistance to them. He does not have respect for other people. He also abuses women, including his wife, Daisy Buchanan. In the entire novel, the acts of Tom Buchanan are that of manipulations of people. He does so to hide some of the evil acts that he takes part in. As a representation of the elite in the community, he looks down upon the poor as well as those who have acquired money recently; the novel terms such people to be those with “New money.”

George Wilson

George Wilson is the owner and operator of Wilson’s garage and gas station. The facility is located in the valley of ashes. He appears to be content with the position that he holds in life. His approach to life is, therefore, against the stand held by his wife, Myrtle. She believes that they need to go a notch higher in their life and, therefore, distastes the form of comfort that George appears to adopt as it relates to their own lives. She believes that there is more they need to achieve to ensure they can act in a manner that would push them out of the real misery they are facing. George does his best to respect other people and to be fair to them in the best way possible. He is, therefore, keen to ensure that he deals with other people in a to a way that shows that he cares about them immensely. He also appears to be good to those who treat him with disdain, such as Tom Buchanan. Eventually, he is heartbroken by the death of his wife, Myrtle. He, therefore, ends up committing murder and ultimately he kills himself. His actions, in the end, act as a representation of the tragic impact of deceit and greed that a person may bear.

Myrtle Wilson

Myrtle Wilson is married to George Wilson. She is also a mistress to Tom Buchanan. Together with her husband, they live in the valley of ashes. The region where they live is a financial a financial and social wasteland. It used to boom with a lot of activities but not anymore. She is, therefore, more interested in affluence and wishes to get out of the land to a new place which may accord her the chance to achieve her dreams. She has a strong desire for wealthy men and seems to dislike her husband for being poor. She is, therefore, a representation of people in the lower class who strive to attain riches and gain some level of opulence that may accord them some position in the society. She is also committed to achieving some extent of prestige that he life is likely to accord her. To that end, she is fully committed to entering the life of the elite, where she may have the opportunity to benefit immensely from such an action.

Jordan Baker

Jordan Baker is a friend to Daisy, and they have been close since they were young girls. She is a wealthy professional golfer. She is an epitome of the new and trendy woman of the 20th century. She also appears to be more engrossed in taking risks as compared to her childhood friend, Daisy. She is also arrogant of social structures and speaks to people directly. She is also ready to cheat to get what she is after. She strikes a relationship with Nick. However, Nick readily abandons the relationship when he realizes that she is a dishonest person.

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