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The Great Gatsby As A Vampire Analysis

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They shun the light and crave the taste of blood. The mere thought of them could make a grown man tremble. But what if a vampire wasn’t just a horrific creature of the night? What if they were completely human, enabling them to hide in plain sight? Wouldn’t that make them more dangerous? Due to popular Gothic literature, vampires are commonly romanticized to be pale bloodsuckers that hide in the dark, waiting for their next meal. This version of a vampire makes them easy to spot in literature, but is also very limiting in that it only lends itself to that specific genre. However, a different version, laid out by Thomas Foster, shows how anyone, whether they be fictional or nonfictional, can be considered a vampire through analysis of…show more content…
Gatsby’s first victim was the millionaire Dan Cody. Gatsby’s “first glimpse of life”(Geismar 11) arrived in the form of a yacht with Dan on deck. Aboard his yacht, Dan was essentially shark bait to the hunting Gatsby. Gatsby saw Dan as an escape from his life of poverty. Dan was his ticket out and all he had to do was earn his trust. From the moment he met Dan, he began manipulating him. First, he manipulated him with a smile, because he had learned that people liked his smile. Second, he manipulated Dan by befriending him so he could get an inheritance after the millionaire died. Lastly, he manipulated the memory of him by hanging a picture in his house that portrayed Dan as if he had been more like a father-figure rather than someone to use and throw away after he was done with him. Gatsby’s repetitiveness of manipulative behavior to get what he wants clearly exhibits the vampiristic trait of “selfishness, exploitation”(Foster 16). His selfishness leads to him helping himself escape his poverty-stricken life and he exploits Dan’s wealth by manipulating him while ridding his former self. Gatsby’s second victim was Nick Carraway. Throughout The Great Gatsby, “Gatsby does not reveal himself to us, but to Carraway”(Bloom 234). This raises the question of why Gatsby would tell Nick about himself. Why
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