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Mr Gordan an esteemed English teacher once said Literature is Life I had not been able to grasp the reality of those words until I read The Great Gatsby After reading The Great Gatsby I understand that literature is written through inspiration from our daily lives In this novel F Scott Fitzgerald portrays the themes of morality and life versus illusion Through his excellent writing techniques Fitzgerald reduces most of the characters of the novel as seemingly obsessed with material possessions petty and selfish Theses characterizations are portrayed because of the realness of human nature Fitzgerald uses contrasting morals and values of the characters to show the true disparity in human nature Nicks characteristics are completely incompatible with Toms Since Nick has a strong foundation and is honest he is thus very faithful His faithfulness and loyalty is apparent when he attends and organizes Gatsbys funeral On the other hand Tom is unfaithful and dishonest He is dishonest with Daisy and Myrtle He also shows his unfaithfulness when he is not present at the birth of his daughter In addition Fitzgerald also uses Tom and Gatsby to show the sentimental disparity Gatsby is a dreamer and a romantic man who by following his dreams went from rags to riches He is proud of the fact that he has been able to accumulate his wealth independently despite the fact that it is hinted that much of his money was earned illegally Tom on the other hand is a realist and a straightforward man He does not dream as Gatsby does he merely acts on his instincts He has not earned his great wealth he has inherited it In spite of the fact that all of the main characters in The Great Gatsby have very different personalities they are however all affected by money Some characters like Gatsby and Tom Buchanan have money and are very expressive with it Other characters such as Myrtle lust for
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