Analysis Of The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Elizabeth Grimes
AP Literature and Composition
Mrs. Carson
1 August 2014
Rootlessness in West Egg In New York, there are drifters, and there are unsettled citizens. Despite having everything that one could desire, each character in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby shows dissatisfaction. All of the characters do not seem to be pleased with their current lives, whether it be with love, opportunity, and, most importantly, themselves. This dissatisfaction shows how careless the wealthy citizens of the 1920’s were. Because of this, each of the characters are constantly craving more of what they desire, causing them to lose themselves due to the deadly sin of greed. The rootlessness of Jay Gatsby, Nick Carraway, and Jordan Baker reveal a self-centered nature that negatively influences others due to their hidden motives. Jay Gatsby, or James Gatz, is the epitome of rootlessness. At the beginning of the novel, he is depicted as a mysterious man who seems to have a perfect lifestyle. However, little is known about Mr. Gatsby. As soon as the narrator, Nick Carraway, first meets his neighbor, he is automatically skeptical. He is unsure of why people seemed to be fascinated with him – however, Nick is the only person that truly understands who Gatsby is. It is understood that the wealthy man built himself a platform out of lies, and created a doppelganger when it is stated, “The truth was that Jay Gatsby, of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of
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