English 11

March 11, 2004

The greatness of a being is not to be determined by themselves, but by others who experience their greatness through actions and words. The greatness of Jay Gatsby was evident to others in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby. The novel tells a tale of upper-class members of society, of which Gatsby is, and their flaws in their character. This tightly woven tale of love and the American dream all ends poorly for most, all of whom have major flaws in their nature. The greatness of Gatsby might have been questioned by many, but his greatness was evident, especially to Daisy Buchanan, the one he truly loves, to others throughout the novel. Gatsby’s greatness emits from the elegance of the parties he holds, the immensity of his dreams, the deep love he has for Daisy, and mostly in the grandeur and size of his language.

I. The vastness and size of Gatsby’s Parties

A. Held a party almost every weekend

B. The parties he threw were humongous and very extravagant

C. Have not gotten criticism yet

II. The immensity of Gatsby’s dreams

A. He wishes that he could repeat the past so he could be with Daisy again

B. Always wishes to attain the unattainable

C. “…Gatsby remains fully committed to his aspirations up until his death, he struggles with the reality of when those aspirations for his American Dream are either achieved or, in Gatsby\'s case, proven inaccessible.”( np).

III. The deep love he has for Daisy

A. Takes the blame for Daisy hitting and killing Myrtle

B. Builds house just so Daisy will be across the bay

C. “As the novel unfolds, Gatsby seems to realize that his idea and pursuit of Daisy is more rewarding than the actual attainment of her. Gatsby recognizes that -- as he did with his own persona -- he has created an ideal for Daisy to live up to.”( np).

IV. The grace and elegance of his language

A. “If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him, some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life, as if he were related to one of those intricate machines…”(Fitzgerald 6).

B. Nick\'s description of Gatsby yearning toward the green light on Daisy\'s dock, Gatsby\'s remark that the Buchanans\' love is “only personal”

C. Throughout, The Great Gatsby has the precision and splendor of a lyric poem, yet well-wrought prose is merely one of its triumphs.

The emanation of Gatsby’s prominence and elegance is from the immensity and sumptuousness of the parties he regularly threw, the passion he has to achieve his great dreams, the true depth of love he has for Daisy, and the polish and stylish speech of Gatsby himself. This speech, as well as the other things that make Gatsby “great”, become evident throughout the novel, The Great Gatsby. This greatness may have been questioned, but in all actuality, he was great. This greatness did not keep him alive though. Greatness is not the supreme necessity in life, but it is majestic and astounding when one is considered great by others.