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Jay Gatsby

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Transcript of Jay Gatsby

Jay Gatsby
By Josh Hall
Jay Gatsby
Jay Gatsby is a poor man turned wealthy through organized crime. With his great wealth he moved to West Eggs to be closer in hopes of seeing his love from earlier in his life; Daisy. Even though Daisy is married already, Jay intendeds to steal her away from Tom, her husband and for them to create a life in West Eggs. Jay believes that with his money, he can recreate the past where they were both so happy.
Strengths
Jay Gatsby was both a very social and generous man, this is seen through the parties he constantly had. Every time he had a party he made sure his guests were having fun and taken care of, he also talked to hundreds of people and had no problem doing so. Along with this he had a way with words and found it easy to communicate with anyone and get them to do what he needed. He also found it very easy to trust and be trusted, and when needed he could build trust with just about anyone he felt fit.
Weaknesses
Jay Gatsby knew thousands of people but he only ever built a relationship with 1 person and this is one of his greatest weakness. Jay was also very oblivious, almost all the people he met used him for his money. Every party people would go with out even meeting or thanking him. He never really got that Daisy would not have stayed in West Eggs, even after her pleads to run away together but he would not accept it.
Strengths that are Weaknesses
Jay had many things that both made him excel and brought him back in other ways. His large lust for money made him excel but also caused him to get mixed up in organized crime to accumulate the large amount of wealth he wanted. Jay also was so in love with Daisy that he situated his life around her to find this love again but it turned in to an obsession and ended up getting him killed.
Motivations
Jay had two main motivations through out life, first being to become wealthy and staying wealthy and second being Daisy herself. Sense a very young age Jay hated being poor and wished to become wealthy, to do so he changed his entire life to accomplish this goal, he even threw his morals away with how he got his money. Jay moved his life to West Eggs to be close to daisy, he threw parties hoping Daisy would eventually come or he would meet someone who knew her. His entire life with money revolved around getting Daisy to love him again.
Jay Gatsby
Born in 1890 to a very poor farm family in North Dakota
Was born James Gatz but changed his name at the age of 17 when he met Dan Cody
Accumulated his wealth from organized crime
He was killed in his home in west eggs by George Wilson
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Basic Info
How Jay Gatsby Is Seen
Jay Gatsby is seen by others as a rich, mysterious man that no one really knew about. He is known as just Gatsby to the majority of people and almost no one tries to find out anything else about him. He is seen as a rich man always hosting parties and always going to the furthest existent to have everything anyone needs. The only person that really knows him is Nick Carraway his only true friend.
Character Change Through Out The Novel
From the beginning of the novel Gatsby is an eccentric wealthy individual who is constantly throwing party's in hope of being reunited with his lost love; Daisy. Once he is finally reunited with daisy he continues throwing parties but, instead to impress her, at this time he is also doing what ever he can to win over her love. After a while their begins an affair between Daisy and him he is quick to replace his entire staff who takes care of his house to people that owe a partner of him a debt to keep quite. Jay quickly becomes more and more anxious with Daisy leaving Tom for him. He is constantly pressuring her to leave Tom and is willing to do what ever it takes to get her to. He is even willing to confront Tom and take the blame for Daisy running over Tom`s lover Myrtle.
Quote #1
"he stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way, and, far as I was from him, I could have sworn he was trembling. Involuntarily I glanced seaward-and distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and far away, that might have been the end of a dock." (Chapter 1)
This is the first real encounter we see with Gatsby in the book. With this we see him reaching out at the green light at the end of Daisy's dock. This is significant because along with it being the first impression of Gatsby we also see his intense feelings for Daisy, that are driving him to do everything we see in the book. Even though he is only reaching out for the green light, it represents the how reaching his dream (being with Daisy at this point) is almost impossible, as it would be for him to reach out and grab the green light.
Quote #2
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.(Chapter 9)
This is the last line in the entire book. It not only sums up the book but sums up Jay Gatsby's life. It is saying that Gatsby was constantly pushed forward to reach his dream, that he already left in the past but never could realized it, he would have done anything to achieve this but no matter what it was in the past and you can never go backwards in life.
Seminar Questions
What role did did Jay Gatsby play in the novel and why is this important?
Do you think that his love for Daisy made him weak? Why or why not?
Was it unfair of Gatsby to ask Daisy to leave Tom for him? Why or why not?
Why do you think that no one came to his funeral? Explain.
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