The Great Gatsby: Is Gatsby Moral? Essay

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The Great Gatsby is a story written by Scott Fitzgerald. It is a story about a twisted love affair among the main characters, daisy and Gatsby. The author though his characters shows how striving for wealth defined individuals dreams. Moreover, the story revolves around a pursuit of happiness for the protagonist. This story represents characters who fail to learn from their past experiences and mistakes. The characters in this book are static, starting with Jay Gatsby, Tom Buchanan, Daisy Buchanan, and Nick. In the Great Gatsby, the characters do not change their morals or their personalities, however, a few who changes is because of the situations they are forced to go through. The Great Gatsby is not moral because the characters are …show more content…
Gatsby loved Daisy a lot, and he refused to come to terms that their relationship was already over. In trying to erase the past, he moves closer to her when he moved to East Egg. To make it worse, he even lies to himself that, because he is wealthy, he will be able to buy Daisy back with the money he has. Fitzgerald writes, he “paid a high price for living too long with a single dream” (Fitzgerald 169), but ultimately, he could not have Daisy. Gatsby should have learnt from the past and that times have changed, and also his past could not be recreated because, want he shared with Daisy was already over. Daisy was already with her husband, and instead of Gatsby accepting the reality and moving from his past, he thinks that by acquiring wealth, he will be able to get Daisy away from her husband. The author writes, Gatsby sacrifices his “soul” in his pursuit of Daisy by involving himself in illegal activities just to acquire wealth in order to win Daisy over from Tom, but it never happened. Gatsby’s ambitions were immoral because, he never gained his wealth in the right way and for a wrong cause. Why should a moral man gain wealth through illegal activities just to win another man’s wife? Gatsby refused to forget the past about him and Daisy and he was very confident that he could restore his past with Daisy and make things back to the way the used to be. He was wrong because, the past cannot be recreated, one

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