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The Great Gatsby: Identity Issues

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Brittany Walker

on 29 October 2012

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Transcript of The Great Gatsby: Identity Issues

Identity Issues Brittany and Holly Quote Quote As we see in this book,
many of the characters
created by F. Scott struggle with who they are. Some create a persona for themselves, like Gatsby and Nick, while others, like Daisy, lack an identity completely. Daisy is a character that lacks her own identity and personality. Throughout the book, she struggles between being the redundant, ditsy person that her husband, Tom, has warped her into being, and an independent woman. Daisy has a hard time differentiating between the two and therefore contributes to a big part of the book, the culmination of the love triangle when the fake shell of Daisy is manipulated into staying with Tom instead of leaving to be with Jay. "And then I said, I hope she grows up to be a pretty little fool. That's about the best a girl can hope for these days, to be a pretty little fool." Quote Jay Gatsby Gatsby is the character that creates an identity to mask his own, throwing lavish parties that everyone is invited to that not even he attends. Party goers are curious about his mysteriousness and speculate about his fame, his part in the war, and his fortune through inheritance. In reality, Gatsby has reinvented himself. He changed his name, became rich off of organized crime and and other illegal acts, and bought a large mansion to bury his poverty-filled past. After Daisy married Tom when Gatsby went away to war, he became determined to win Daisy back, rebuilding his whole life around a failed attempt at a dream. "Somebody told me they thought he killed a man once."

"Its more that he was a German spy during the war."

"The truth was that Jay Gatsby, of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself. He was a son of God- a phrase which, if it means anything, means just that- and he must be about His Father's Business, the service of a vast, vulgar and meretricious beauty. So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen-year-old boy would be likely to invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the end." Nick Carraway Nick is a character that does not speak his mind. He reserves judgement and typically tells people what they wish to hear or what he thinks they do. This causes him to come off as fake. In some instances, this can put him in the category of lacking a personality, and in other instances, put him in a category of not knowing exactly who he is. At the end of the novel, this identity issue characteristic makes him a character that changes and develops the most. "Whenever you feel like criticizing someone," he told me, "just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you have had." The Great Gatsby- F. Scott Fitzgerald


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