The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

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When people hear the words “romantic hero", they imagine one of those fake characters from cheesy love stories, holding roses while kneeling below the heroine`s balcony. Gatsby is nothing better than those fake and desperate heroes because his love is untrue and obsessive. James Gatz, who is also known as Jay Gatsby, a poor young man acquires wealth for the purpose of gaining the love of a rich girl named Daisy. Gatsby lives and breathes for Daisy, the “nice” girl he loves, even though she is married to Tom Buchanan. Gatsby`s love may sound dedicated, but is more obsessive and selfish because he lives in his dreams and will literally do anything to win Daisy`s heart. In Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby, Gatsby is not portrayed as being …show more content…
But, if Gatsby truly loves Daisy, he should act like himself and be true to her by being honest because every strong relationship is based on honesty. While it is apparent that Gatsby let himself live in his lies, critics from The Tragedy of the American Dream on Long Island`s Gold Coast also notice Gatsby`s true colors by the way he hides from reality. One way he hides from reality is by changing his name and pretending to be someone he is not. In addition he views his parents as unsuccessful people and feels embarrassed by them, so he hides his relationship. Critics describe Gatsby and his relationship with his parents by inferring that, “His parents were shiftless and unsuccessful…his imagination had never really accepted them as his parents at all” (Trask). Again this is an example of how Gatsby is trying to hide his true identity. Gatsby sees his parents as unacceptable even though they never did him wrong or did anything to purposely humiliate him. Unfortunately, Gatsby does not realize that there are better people who care about him other than Daisy, like his father. Daisy never comes to see Gatsby at his funeral but his father does. He was one of the few people who comes to see him and says only kind words about him. It is pathetic and immoral how Gatsby views his parents considering that his father still attends his funeral even though Gatsby treats him like garbage. The way Gatsby views his parents and his feeling of embarrassment represents how he is

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