The Great Gatsby


As far as we know, The Great Gatsby, only appears to be great in Nick's eyes. For he describes Gatsby's personality "gorgeous". Nick and the Buchanans come from the same social group but interact entirely different toward their relationship to their social position. Fitzgerald portrays the 1920's as an era of battles between the social and moral values. To a better understanding, readers could realize that Gatsby challenged the way Nick thinks toward social positions or perspectives of the world.


An intriguing point would be the eyes of Dr. T. J. Eckleburg; as his eyes were painted in an old advertising billboard over the alley of ashes, it represented as an omnipresence of God. Sparknotes claims "They may represent God staring down upon and judging American Society as a moral wasteland..." Although it may appear as a feeling or sense from George Wilson, it has an extended meaning that the "eyes" could be just a warning or reminder of the moral values that are not being acted upon.


Another important aspect contributing to the theme, was the green light Gatsby saw looking toward Daisy’s home. It was a symbol of how Gatsby saw his future, which he hoped would involve Daisy. The image was a glimpse into Gatsby’s mind of the goal he hoped to accomplish. As Sparknotes says “the green light represents Gatsby’s hopes and dreams for the future. He hoped to achieve that goal through the use of his wealth, but his fortunes wasn‘t sufficient for him to win Daisy over. "Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us." The green light also symbolizes the green land of America (where all dreams come true) as hope. Readers could idealize Gatsby's desperation to have the American Dream -- Daisy. In America as a whole, Nick links himself to Gatsby in reference of the fundamentals on the ideals of progress and equality; while Tom and Daisy recreated the figure or ideal of Europe as the grotesque New World, Gatsby (America) wanted to be in the equal social status as the Buchanans (Europe).


Comparing Nick and Gatsby with Daisy and Tom have different determinations. Tom is described as a "big, hulking physical specimen," taking advantage of his social status to dominate and bully others. As for Daisy, she "...was young and her artificial world was redolent of orchids and pleasant, cheerful snobbery and orchestras which set the rhythm of the year, summing uip the sadness and suggestiveness..." labeling her as a transparent and cynical. She was [sparknotes comments:] "represents the paragon of perfection-". Daisy knew that she was the center of the Gatsby's world, and she fortook it as an advantage and elevated his hopes up in an ostentatious manner as she appeared pompous and conceited.


The last sentence of the book, "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past", Fitzgerald presents it as not willing to change for anyone sort of thing and determination. Gatsby never accepted the fact that it is inevitable of humanity to move on foward. Therefore any attempt at progress is only a conceit, the result of his arrogance and ambition. Nick worshiped Gatsby's courage and capacity for self-reinvention, for both men had the desire to change.


Close examination of the words, show that, although Nick admired Gatsby for his nobility, he still couldn't forget his criminal activities, Gatsby's passion for exceeding the best was incapable. In Sparknotes, pg.2 states that "Gatsby's dream of loving Daisy is ruined by the difference in their respective social statuses, his resorting to crime to make enough money to impress her, and the rampant materialism that characterizes her lifestyle."Nick agreed on the idea for Gatsby to dream, but not to dream for Daisy's love (something that would never happen).


Overall, Gatsby was not murdered for his scapegoat connections, but rather for his devotion to Daisy; moreover, he could not accept his dream was over, but reciprocaled it on insisting of stopping time.