Is The Great Gatsby Really Great

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In the novel, “The Great Gatsby,” by Scott Fitzgerald, the main character, Gatsby is not great as seen in several situations in the novel. First is because he is not an honorable person meaning he is dishonest and a liar. This is shown on the novel when he told Nick that he is going to say something about his life in order for Nick not get the wrong idea of the stories he hears others say about him says “I’ll tell you God’s truth, I am the son of some wealthy people in the Middle West--- all dead now. “(65), which is not true because he was the son of poor middle- western farmers from North Dakota. Another example of this trait of Gatsby was when he told Nick that he was brought up in America but educated at Oxford, because his ancestors…show more content…
The first illustration of this trait of Gatsby is shown in the novel as he loved throwing lavish parties at his mansion in West Egg just for the pleasure in making sure that everyone knows he has money. The majority of people in the party do not know him personally. He actually does not like these parties but he does it to show that he is wealthy like the other people. The second situation wherein he is shown in the novel as an impostor is when he invited Daisy to come to his house so he can show her the inside of his mansion. He toured Daisy and Nick inside his mansion showing every part of it and when they were inside his bedroom, he opened his two big cabinets full of suits, ties, dressing-gowns and shirts made of linen, flannel and silk which he has never worn. He took a pile of shirts and began throwing these at Daisy and Nick, one by one to show them how rich he is that he can buy those kinds of things and even told them “I’ve got a man in England who buys me clothes. He sends over a selection of things at the beginning of each season; spring and fall.”(92). The third situation in the story which illustrates this trait of Gatsby is when he and Nick went out of town and Gatsby took his yellow Rolls Royce; which is a magnificent car. Here, Gatsby wants to impress Nick and everyone else in town with his
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