Doesnt it always seem as though rich and famous people are larger- than-lifeand virtually impossible to touch, almost as if they were a fantasy? In TheGreat Gatsby, set in two wealthy communities, East Egg and West Egg, Fitzgeralddescribes Gatsby as a Romantic, larger- than-life, figure by setting him apartfrom the common person.
Fitzgerald sets Gatsby in a fantasy world that, based onillusion, is of his own making. Gatsbys possessions start to this illusion. He lives in an extremely lavish mansion. “It is a factual imitation of someHotel de Ville in Normandy, with a tower on one side, spanking new under a thinbeard of raw ivy, and a marble swimming pool, and more than forty acres of lawnand garden. ” It models an extravagant castle with a European style. Indoors ithas “Marie Antoinette music- rooms and restoration salons.Order now
” There is even a”Merton College Library, paneled with imported carved English oak andthousands of volumes of books. ” There is even a private beach on his property. He also has his own personal hydroplane. Gatsby also drives a highlyimaginative, “circus wagon”, car that “everybody had seen. It is a richcream color with nickel and has a three-noted horn.
” It has a “monstrouslength with triumphant hat-boxes, supper-boxes, tool-boxes, and terraced with alabyrinth of windshields and a green leather conservatory. ” Other thanGatsbys possessions, he develops his personal self. His physical selfappearance sets him apart form the other characters. His smile is the type”that comes across four or five times in life. One of those rare smiles with aquality of eternal reassurance in it.
” He has a collection of tailored shirtsfrom England. They are described as “shirts of sheer linen and thick silk andfine flannel. ” He has shirts with stripes and scrolls and plaids in coral andapple-green and la- vender and faint orange, with monograms of Indian blue. “Gatsby wears a unique “gorgeous pink rag of a suit” that sets him apart as a”bright spot. ” Gatsbys mannerisms are different too. He gives the”strong im- pression that he picks his words with care.
” Gatsby is an”elegant young roughneck whose elaborate formality of speech just misses beingabsurd. ” Gatsby also has a particularly distinct phrase which is “oldsport. ” Further, at his parties he stands apart from the other people. Unlikeeveryone else, he does not drink any alcohol. Also, there are no young ladiesthat lay their head on his shoulder and he doesnt dance.
During his partieshe either sits alone or stands on his balcony alone, apart from everyone else. Gatsby even creates himself a false personal history that is unlike anyoneelses in order to give him the appearance of having old money. He says thathe is the son of a wealthy family in the Middle West, San Francisco, and he waseducated at Oxford. Sup- posedly after his family had all died he “lived likea young rajah in all the capitals of Europe collecting jewels, hunting big game,painting and doing things for himself.
” During the war he was apparently apromoted major that every Allied government gave a decoration to. ” However,the medal he received looked to be either fake or borrowed. The fantasy worldthat Fitzgerald gives Gatsby also ends with parties that are practically likemovie-like productions. These parties are so fantastic that they last fromFriday nights to Monday mornings. His house and garden is decorated withthousands of colored lights, “enough to make a Christmas tree of his enormousgarden.
” “Buffet tables are garnished with glistening hors-doeuvre,spiced baked hams crowded against salads of harlequin designs and pastry pigsand turkeys be- witched to a dark gold. ” He has famous singers that entertainhis guests whom are the most well known and richest people. There is anorchestra with “oboes and trombones and saxophones and viols and cornets andpic- colos and low and high drums. ” People do not even have to be invited tocome to his parties. Car loads of people arrive at his celebrations. Moviedirectors, actresses and many celebrities attend his extravagan- zas.
All thesethings make his parties well known by everyone. As I said in the beginning , heis portrayed by Fitzgerald as a larger-than- life figure. Apart from the fantasyworld of Gatsby, Fitzgerald also invest his quest with a religious motif. Theauthor describes him as a wor- shipper of his “holy” love, Daisy Buchanan. The promise is that he will be with her again.
He devotes his life to trying toget Daisy back into his life by first becoming rich and then by getting herattention with his possessions and parties. He even builds his house directlyacross the bay and facing the Buchanans house. Gatsby is also likened to achivalric knight. His outrageous car may be paralleled to a great white horse ofa knight. His quest for Daisy is identical to the quest of medieval knights whosought the Holy Grail. At night he stands out in front of his house with his”arms Stretched out” toward Daisys green dock light.
Comparable to aknights watchfulness, Gatsby also stays at Daisys window all night staringat the light trying to protect her from Tom and watching over her.