Characterization In The Great Gatsby

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The pursuit of love may seem virtuous to many, but sometimes that may not be the case. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald is able to show through Nick, the narrator, how Jay Gatsby, the main character, is able to use his facade to portray himself as a wealthy and educated man to gain the attention of Daisy Buchanan, the love of his life. Unfortunately, this facade that Gatsby has presented himself as presents consequences for himself and other characters in the story. Fitzgerald wanted to present Jay Gatsby as this facade driven character to warn audiences to always be genuine and honest to not only others but oneself.
The way Gatsby is portrayed when he is introduced to the reader portrays him as an unusual yet mysterious man. This is cleverly stated by Fitzgerald in a scene where Jordan and Nick walk in on Owl Eyes in awe over Gatsby’s library during a party at Gatsby’s house. Fitzgerald writes, “ ‘It is a bona-fide piece of printed matter. It fooled me. This fella’s a regular Belasco. It is a triumph. What thoroughness! What realism! Knew when to stop, too-did not cut the pages. But what do you want? What do you expect?’ ” In this quote, Fitzgerald is trying to show to the reader that Gatsby’s library is being used to portray Gatsby as an educated man. Fitzgerald is able to prove this by comparing Gatsby to Belasco, a theater producer from the 20th Century, to imply that just like a theater producer uses props in a theater for a scene, Gatsby
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