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Character Analysis of Jay Gatsby

Character Analysis of Jay Gatsby

Jay Gatsby, the focal point of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby, started out as a poor boy helplessly in love with a rich girl. He then left to serve for his country in the war, leaving Daisy his love, behind. After returning from the war, Jay Gatsby, both generous and mysterious devoted his life to winning back his lost love Daisy Buchanan.
Gatsby is generous by throwing parties, buying things for others, and offering help for a friend in need. Gatsby’s parties are major gala events open to everyone. A typical Gatsby party usually consists of a few hundred guests, plentiful food and drinks, and live music with a huge tent for everyone to dance under. A good time is had by all at Gatsby’s expense. During one of these parties a woman tore her dress on a chair. Gatsby then proceeded to obtain her name and address. About a week later the woman received a new evening gown valued at $265, complements of Jay Gatsby. The woman was one of the many guests who were welcomed and didn’t need a formal invitation. This shows his generosity because he didn’t even know who she was but still felt compelled to replace her dress. It appeared to Gatsby that Nick was in need of a job and some extra money, so he offered Nick a job working for him in his business. Even though Nick declined the offer this was still a significant act of friendship and trust on Gatsby’s behalf. In offering a friend this job he was risking his own security because his business isn’t completely legal. He is not only generous with his money but also considerate of the needs of his friends. Jay Gatsby is mysterious in all aspects of his life.

To maintain his image he has worked so hard to obtain, Gatsby lies to Nick by telling him that he inherited his fortune by being, “the son of some wealthy people in the mid-west,” who are now, “all dead”(69). People know so little about him that he feels it is necessary to lie to gain respect and maintain his classy image. He is so insecure about...

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