Doesnt it always seem as though rich and famous people are larger-
than-life and virtually impossible to touch, almost as if they were a
fantasy? In The Great Gatsby, set in two wealthy communities, East
Egg and West Egg, Fitzgerald describes Gatsby as a Romantic, larger-
than-life, figure by setting him apart from the common person.
Fitzgerald sets Gatsby in a fantasy world that, based on
illusion, is of his own making. Gatsbys possessions start to this
illusion. He lives in an extremely lavish mansion. It is a factual
imitation of some Hotel de Ville in Normandy, with a tower on one side,
spanking new under a thin beard of raw ivy, and a marble swimming pool,
and more than forty acres of lawn and garden. It models an extravagant
castle with a European style. Indoors it has Marie Antoinette music-
rooms and restoration salons. There is even a Merton College Library,
paneled with imported carved English oak and thousands of volumes of
books. There is even a private beach on his property. He also has his
own personal hydroplane. Gatsby also drives a highly imaginative,
circus wagon, car that everybody had seen. It is a rich cream color
with nickel and has a three-noted horn. It has a monstrous length
with triumphant hat-boxes, supper-boxes, tool-boxes, and terraced with a
labyrinth of windshields and a green leather conservatory.
Other than Gatsbys possessions, he develops his personal self.
His physical self appearance 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 a quality of eternal reassurance in it. He
has a collection of tailored shirts from England. They are described as
shirts of sheer linen and thick silk and fine flannel. He has shirts
with stripes and scrolls and plaids in coral and apple-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 being
absurd. Gatsby also has a particularly distinct phrase which is old
sport. Further, at his parties he stands apart from the other people.
Unlike everyone else, he does not drink any alcohol. Also, there are no
young ladies that lay their head on his shoulder and he doesnt dance.
During his parties he either sits alone or stands on his balcony alone,
apart from everyone else. Gatsby even creates himself a false personal
history that is unlike anyone elses in order to give him the appearance
of having old money. He says that he is the son of a wealthy family in
the Middle West, San Francisco, and he was educated at Oxford. Sup-
posedly after his family had all died he lived like a 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 a
promoted major that every Allied government gave a decoration to.
However, the medal he received looked to be either fake or borrowed.
The fantasy world that Fitzgerald gives Gatsby also ends with
parties that are practically like movie-like productions. These parties
are so fantastic that they last from Friday nights to Monday mornings.
His house and garden is decorated with thousands of colored lights,
enough to make a Christmas tree of his enormous garden. Buffet tables
are garnished with glistening hors-doeuvre, spiced baked hams crowded
against salads of harlequin designs and pastry pigs and turkeys be-
witched to a dark gold. He has famous singers that entertain his guests
whom are the most well known and richest people. There is an orchestra
with oboes and trombones and saxophones and viols and cornets and pic-
colos and low and high drums. People do not even have to be invited to
come to his parties. Car loads of people arrive at his celebrations.
Movie directors, actresses and many celebrities attend his extravagan-
zas. All these things make his parties well known by everyone. As I
said in the beginning ,