Great GatsbyTime tells us that success often comes with a price. Often money will createmore problems than it can solve. The richness of a person’s soul can be hiddenin the folds of money. Such is the case of Jay Gatsby. Jay Gatsby is constantlyaltering in the readers mind due to the various puzzling events that transpirein the novel creating a level of mystery.
First off, Gatsby is a man who feelssecure in his privacy and allows very few people into his personal life due tolack of trust. Jay often throws parties at his lavish house, only to shrink awayfrom contact with his various guests that frolic in his privately funded bashes. He does not drink, mainly because he has a high level of composure that cannotbe compromised by the effects of alcohol. When the narrator, Nick Carraway, isallowed to venture into Gatsby’s personal life Gatsby tells Nick only what hefeels is necessary to keep him from being suspicious. The eerie thing about thisis that while doing this he is so guarded that Nick often questions how concreteand truthful the information is. When discussing his past Gastby is choppy anduncomfortable telling Nick about his education and war experiences.
Only whenGatsby produces a metal of valor earned in the war does Nick believe in his warservice stories. Even then Nick has a hard time believing Gatsby’s educationalbackground because of his uncomfortable declaration that he attended Oxford, avery prestigious English university. Trust is not a strong point of Gastby’smakeup and lifestyle. Therefore, when looking at Gatsby’s most impressivetraits one thing that pops up is his energetic smile, vibrant personality, andloyalty to those who he respects or cares about. It is important to mention thefact that Gatsby always seemed to make every person feel important and at easewhile conversing with him. It was his nature to express courtesy to any guest hecame in contact with, no matter how insignificant they were or what theiroccupation was.
As far as loyalty is concerned, it is best represented in hisdevotion to Daisy Buchanan. With his money and notoriety he could have easilyhave had numerous love opportunities. He sacrificed all openings for love as hestoked the coals trying to ignite a past flame with a married women. Even whenJay and Daisy’s relationship was over in the readers mind Gatsby still clungto a hope of having a life with her. He loyally stayed at her house to the weehours of the morning, convinced her husband was a live wire that could erupt andphysically punish his wife. This he displayed to a women that is impossible tolove anyone but who faces the her in the mirror.
Further more, all the thingsthat Gatsby had worked hard for in the end abandoned him and led to hisunfortunate death. For all of the devotion he gave Daisy she couldn’t possiblylove a man who was in shady business dealings, or could possibly taint herimpeccably clean appearance in society. The money that he had accumulated andthose who helped him accumulate it fell to wayside after his death. MeyerWolshiem, who proclaimed that he made Gatsby in to the man he was didn’t evenattend his funeral. Neither did Daisy or the numerous guests that roamed thegrounds of his estate on numerous weekends.
What a shame to think of all thepeople who had benefited on behalf of Gatsby not to even attend the funeral,even given the circumstances surrounding his wealth. The man who to so many wasa mystery and of profound mystic died in a untimely manner which allowed othersto keep up their destructive lifestyle’s with a lack of consequence. Lastly,The Jay Gatsby that everyone caught glimpses will always be a mystery to many. His life was an example of the highs and lows of the American dream. Thepitfalls and plateaus that he reached show deep insight into The United Statesin the 1920’s.
All of his character traits represented different things todifferent people only to end in his own pointless demise. In the end it was, andwill always be tragic for a life that it not yet lived to the fullest to beextinguished.