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Gatsbys Sacrifice Spring 1996 The truth was that Jay Gatsby of West Egg Long Island sprang from his platonic conception of himself He was a son of God-- a phrase which if it means anything means just that-- and he must be about His Fathers business the service of a vast vulgar and meretricious beauty So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen-year-old boy would be likely to invent and to this conception he was faithful to the end 99 James Gatz was already about his Fathers business when he carefully sketched out a schedule for self improvement on the back of his Hopalong Cassidy book He had already realized what his dream was and had created his own personal religion which was one of romantic ideals wealth youth and beauty Gatsby a son of God strived to obtain the vast vulgar and meretricious beauty and to incarnate these ideals with reality Like Jesus Christ came here as an incarnation of man and the divine the perfect word entering the imperfect world-- and yet remaining perfect Christensen 154-155 Gatsby is referred to as a son of God because through his invention of Jay Gatsby James Gatz tried to incarnate his ideal dream with reality Daisy becomes the embodiment of that dream because she is the personification of his romantic ideals For him she represents his youth and is the epitomy of beauty Gatsby with the religious conviction peculiar to saints pursues an ideal a mystical union not with God but with the life embodied in Daisy Fay Allen 104 He becomes disillusioned into thinking the ideal is actually obtainable and the realization that he will never be able to obtain his dream is what destroys him in the end Gatsby realizes that Daisy isnt all he thought she was and with this his dream collapses The symbolic implications of this can be realized when studying Fitzgeralds religious beliefs
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