How the Charcters in the Great Gatsby Viewed Jay Gatsby
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Tom thinks of Gatsby as a “home wrecker” and a criminal. He cannot see any of Gatby’s virtues, but rather focuses on and exaggerates his questionable behavior (pursuing Daisy and bootlegging). Nick, on the other hand, sees both Gatsby’s virtues and faults and presents them to the reader from a neutral point of view. “Who is Gatsby anyhow?” demanded Tom suddenly.”Some big bootlegger?” (PG 104)
• This quote reveals Tom’s suspicions of Gatsby’s wealth. Even though Tom doesn’t know that Gatsby is involved in organized crime when he says this, he doubts the fact that he earned his wealth legitimately.
“Self-Control!” repeated Tom incredulously.’ I suppose the latest thing is to sit back and let Mr. Nobody from Nowhere make love to…show more content… Mr.Gatz’s reasons to be proud of his son are proven to the reader. Mr.Gatz repeatedly states that Gatsby was meant to be great.
Daisy viewed Gatsby as a tool in which she could use to get back at her cheating husband with, but without damaging her wealthy lifestyle. Nick, however, saw Gatsby as a friend and didn’t try to use him for his own personal gain. Daisy would have gone along with the plan of leaving Tom and marrying Gatsby if she had never found out that he was involved with organized crime. She realized that it might lower her social status if people found out about Gatsby’s proffesion as a bootlegger.
“‘They’re such beautiful shirts,’ she sobbed, her voice muffled in the thick folds. ‘It makes me sad because I’ve never seen such – such beautiful shirts before.”(PG.89).
• For Daisy the shirts represent wealth. When Daisy starts to cry into the shirts, she is displaying her interest in materialism. She doesn’t cry because she has been reunited with Gatsby, but rather because of the pure satisfaction all his pricey possessions brings her. Daisy realizes that she can replace Tom with Gatsby, thereby keeping her wealthy life and getting back at Tom for having an affair with Myrtle.
“‘You resemble the advertisement of the man,’ she went on innocently. ‘You know the advertisement of the man.’”(PG, 114)
• According to this quote, Daisy sees Gatsby as an advertisement,