Reputation In The Great Gatsby

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Reprimanding Gatsby
A character’s appeal to the readers often determines the impression a book has. Whether a character is primarily “good” or “bad” does not necessarily correspond to the impact they have but affects the experience of reading a book. It is a crucial moment when readers decide whether the flawed main characters are principally admirable or the opposite. This is the decision that needs to be made about the captivating main character in The Great Gatsby. Contradicting the title, Gatsby negative qualities significantly outweigh the positive.
Gatsby’s story, to many, is one of perseverance and determination at its finest. He devotes all his money and energy to the relatable dream of making life as fulfilling as possible. Gatsby is named “great” because of the desirable prosperity that he accumulates in a short time. Despite this material accomplishment, he should be condemned for turning into a criminal to actualize his dream. Secrets about his money are only revealed later in the book, horrifying readers who were kept in suspense about his past. “He and this Wolfsheim bought up a lot of side-street drug-stores here and in Chicago and sold grain alcohol over the counter” (Fitzgerald 133) is one example of confirmation that Gatsby was involved in illegal activities. He is an immoral man. There is an absence of discretion or guilt when Gatsby spends his unlawful earnings on lavish parties and a mansion. Clearly, he is not ashamed. Readers understand the statement
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