The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

605 Words Feb 17th, 2018 2 Pages
Scott Fitzgerald, Jay Gatsby can be identified as a man of superior wealth and motivation. Daisy Buchanan’s love fuels Jay’s motivation to be a wealthy and prestigious man- which compares to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s life. Another character that matches Gatsby’s upscale lifestyle is Tom Buchanan. Gatsby and his motivations to live an exceptional life parallel Benjamin Franklin’s desires. Both Franklin and Gatsby hold themselves to busy lives that demand for success. Benjamin Franklin sets daily expectations for himself that call for “moral perfection”. Franklin writes “I made a little book, in which I allotted a page for each of the virtues.. I might mark, by a little black spot, every fault I found upon examination to have been committed respecting that virtue upon that day” (The Autobiography, 142). Similarly, Jay Gatsby keeps a book of his schedule. “General Resolves: No wasting time at Shafters or [a name, indecipherable].. Bath every other day. Read one improving book or magazine per week..Save $5.00 [crossed out] $3.00 per week” (Fitzgerald, 173). Both Gatsby and Franklin set high expectations for themselves in order to achieve greatness. Their daily schedules contain similar goals. Gatsby sets aside a time in the day to focus on his etiquette so that he may one day use it to climb the social ladder. Undoubtedly, Gatsby possesses a drive to perfect his life. He saves his money so that he may be able to take care of his love, Daisy. The rich…