Analysis Of ' The Great Gatsby '

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Sejin Kim Mrs. Lewis, Language Arts 1 Honors Period 3 March 6, 2017 Empty Shell Hermit crabs move from shell to shell as they grow, always searching for more suitable shells that are more favorable to them, much like the different lifestyles that human individuals tend to chase after based on their personal preferences. Hermit crabs and humans alike were programmed this way, to chase after situations that make them feel better or more comfortable. However, there are those who unintentionally lose themselves and leave only a shell in their place. No matter how decorated the shell is, it won’t go anywhere. Similarly, in a novel that takes place nearly a 100 years in the past, The Great Gatsby by Scott F. Fitzgerald describes the fancy shell…show more content…
He seduces Tom’s wife and convinces her to leave him. However, when events turn to where she leaves him, he “walk[s] the streets where their footsteps had clicked together” (135). His loneliness, which manifests from his desire and obsession for Daisy, transparently describes the irony of the title. Second, as the novel progresses, Gatsby’s source of wealth is identified to be illegal alcohol trading, which obliterates the prestige behind his proclaimed status as a self-made man. As Tom accuses, “’He and this Wolfsheim bought up a lot of side-street drugs here and in Chicago and sold grain alcohol over the counter’” (85). In this interaction, Gatsby lose Daisy and peels off a chunk of his disguise a great person. His status is lowered than his previous self. Additionally, Gatsby lies to Nick when asked, “’I thought you inherited your money” (103), to which Gatsby inappropriately replies, “That’s my affair” (103). He understands that if he were to reveal his true occupation, he would suffer, so in order to keep face, he lies. Later on, Tom goes on to mock, “’Like hell he is! He wears a pink suit’” (124). Here, Tom mocks Gatsby’s uneducated background which reinforces the idea that wealth really is the only thing that Gatsby owns. With the mask of his status, Gatsby displays another step in proving the title ironic. Last, as the novel comes to a close, Gatsby’s funeral reflects a tragedy worse
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