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Romantic Idealist What man can be a knight a savior and a highly dignified man Jay Gatsby the title character in Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby can and is Fitzgerald using symbolic imagery portrays Gatsby as a romantic idealist Fitzgerald explicitly connects Gatsby to the Romantic Idealist as classically defined A romantic is someone who uses the imagination who has a strong sense of individuality uniqueness and sometimes a quest a goal for passion Alternately an idealist focuses on the metaphysical and attempts to transcend reality Gatsby is bluntly linked to these definitions Emphasizing Gatsbys idealism Fitzgerald claims that Jay sprang from his platonic conception of himself He was a son of godand must be of his fathers business104 He goes on to say to this conception he was faithful to the end Gatsby grew up in a middle class family under the name of James Gats His parents were unsuccessful farm people and he needed to create an image of himself that was to him more respectable changing his name was the first thing Another time that Gatsby is literally connected to a Romantic Idealist is his quest to get Daisy He pursued her much like a night pursues a grail He finds a way to make money purchasing a big house in west egg and throws huge parties all for the purpose of getting Daisy so that Daisy would be just across the bay 83 He does anything he can to get in her favor In turn to achieve his goal of Daisy Gatsby must try to turn back time five years have passed for Gatsby while he tried to become suitable in Daisys eyes and he must find away to over come this gap Gatsby is not only portrayed as a Romantic Idealist literally but also figuratively Gatsby creatively creates a unique fantasy world full of possessions and actions that help further mirror his traits His house is a large medieval
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