Analysis Of ' The Great Gatsby '

857 Words Feb 16th, 2016 4 Pages
Wesley Ocampo
Lenards
English 3
3 February, 2016

The Great Gatsby Character Analysis Essay: Jay Gatsby “It is easier to live through someone else’s existence than to complete yourself. The freedom to lead and plan your own life is frightening if you have never faced it before. It is frightening when a man finally realizes that there is no answer to the question 'who am I ' except the voice inside himself.” (Betty Friedan). If the name “Gatsby” was fraudulent, then perhaps the description “great” in the title of the book is also false. Jay Gatsby, genuinely named as “James Gatz,” is nothing but an incredible pretender. His wealthy self, enormous mansion, and his big fancy yellow Rolls-Royce are all symbols of falsehood. Gatsby being considered as great is misleading. In fact, he is recognized as rather pathetic and naive. Gatsby’s unrealistic lifestyle is a gateway for his obsession of the “American Dream” and his dedication in obtaining his so-called “love” for Daisy.
Jay Gatsby’s confidentiality remained dormant since he moved from Rags-to-Riches. His pretentious self gradually made an enormous impact in his background where people portrayed him as a well, respected man. Nick Carraway stated, “James Gatz – that was really, or at least legally, his name. He had changed it at the age of seventeen and at the specific moment that witnessed the beginning of his career – when he saw Dan Cody 's yacht drop anchor over the most insidious flat on Lake Superior.” (4.6). James…
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