How much do we learn about Gatsby's character and how is it revealed

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How much do we learn about Gatsby's character and how is it revealed
to us?

Throughout The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby appears to be motivated by the
pursuit of wealth and a life with Daisy, but how does this show up his
character? What we know about Gatsby is severely limited by the
information that Carraway, who himself only meets Gatsby at the start
of the novel, feeds to us. During the short summer, in which the book
takes place, our information is limited by the format of the story
i.e. the first person viewpoint limits what we know about Gatsby. We
can tell through the way that he acts in his pursuit of Daisy that he
is ultimately a shy, reclusive person who will try anything in order
to meet his old love. But the first
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Buchanan, the husband of Daisy, launched perhaps the most hard-hitting
attack on him when he said, 'You're just Mr. Nobody from Nowhere'.
This hurt him as his main aim in life was to be respected by the
affluent in society. Part of this act was to put on parties that the
social elite would attend. He held lavish parties in the vain hope
that Daisy might turn up. To the people who attended these parties,
they were simply that. People just turned up without invitations and
joined in regardless of who was holding them. Gatsby himself
recognises this and when he talks to Carraway he acknowledges that he
is a bad host at these functions. Eventually, Carraway changes his
mind so that he puts Gatsby higher in his opinion to the rest of the
people. However, when Carraway receives an invitation to one of his
parties, it is done only because the reclusive Gatsby wishes to meet
his old love.

As part of his attempts to be accepted Gatsby gave himself an early
chance to prove himself by setting his day out with specific goals to
stick to. Much of what could have given the reader further insight
into his life is only discovered at his funeral (during the
penultimate days of the book) when his father showed Carraway a diary
extract showing a plan on how to succeed. This gives us an idea on how
he had his life mapped out towards success and his personal need for
it. These idealistic views show us how Gatsby himself…