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The Disillusionment of Jay Gatsby And Nick Carraway

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Mackenzie Martin

on 3 October 2013

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Transcript of The Disillusionment of Jay Gatsby And Nick Carraway

Under the surface
The Disillusionment of Jay Gatsby, Nick Carraway, and others
The How and Why the characters could use a forgotten oculist like Dr T. J Eckleburg to correct their skewed perceptions of reality.
nick's rose-colored glasses {and how he sees gatsby through them}
nick's self-perspective
Newcomer to the world of wealth - sees himself as a pioneer
'Guide', 'pathfinder' - almost conveying that he's on a journey
Physically this journey is brought about because of his move to West Egg
Mentally he sees this from moving around the edges of other characters lives
Passive character - always observing, never truly getting involved
Is this a train of carelessness?
why any of this actually matters:
Our experience with the book depends solidly on what/how Nick Carraway is seeing things.
Gatsby's personal qualities throughout the novel and how he changes after the loss of his dream
His self-perspective
The justification for certain actions that are unmoral
Through the lens of only one character, we get the feeling of having not getting 'the whole story'
Nick's reality changes with his thoughts
Nick and the reader begin to realize that both the ecstatic, party view of life and the nightmarish horror of dreams going wrong view are both equally as poisonous
The Tip of The Iceberg of the Blind
Party guests spend hours guessing at Gatsby's corruption
Tom lies to his wife, his mistress, and himself
Jordan Baker sees Gatsby in a misjudged light
Daisy blinds Tom with deception
Myrtle keeps Wilson in the dark and mistakes Jordan for Tom's wife
Wilson mistakes Gatsby as Myrtle's murderer
Wolfsheim sees Nick as someone looking for a way into 'business'
As An Isolated Figure
Intent gaze
Determination towards Daisy
In His Death
No one
Head stuck in the clouds...
Powered by his dreams in spite of his isolation
Unrealistically optimistic because he has no choice
The loss of the dream means so much more than just waking up
He's so committed to the aspirations of his mind that he refuses to accept defeat
His Past
Suspicious and ever-changing in the details
Gossip about truth
"Can't repeat the past?"
Stuck in a rut
Faithful/determined to Daisy and getting his past back
As an Enigma
Morally ambivalent
Causes identity crisis in Nick
Rumors circulating (not that he cares)
Slow release of background story
Past is mysterious - is Gatsby lying?
Nick WANTS to believe Gatsby
Multiple impressions of the man
The Big Picture
Corrupt with an Incorruptible Dream
Gatsby's Corruption
The moment young Jay Gatz stepped onto Dan Cody's boat he had a vision of the beauty of the life that he craved. He yields his power of illicit wealth like a crown, having people owe him favors and allowing him to be an exception to the rules. And yet within all his dreams he has ignored the dirty underside of this world - the backwards way he has gained all his money for this 'incorruptible' dream
Gatsby's Innocent Dream
Gatsby's strong hopes, innocent prayers, and determination are the very frames with which this incorruptible dream hangs upon the metaphorical face of life. Despite his corruption and his ignorance of the wrongs he has committed, he is somewhat of a victim in all of this, as despite his ruthless moral exploitation he is faithful to his ideas and determined towards his dreams and dies with them as his purpose. He is so driven by these dreams of his that he is blind to even the thought of immorality actually being a thing.
How do we know if his decisive ability to judge character show immaturity or experience as a narrator?
To make a long story short, throughout the entire novel we see characters picking up different traits and justifications for actions they have taken, but the real discussion lies in where the ends actually justify the means; when does it make it right for a person to twist and deform his own version of reality to come up with a version that agrees with what he wants?
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