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Blaine CoffeeEnglish8-20-00Character Analysis of Jay Gatsby Scott Fitzgerald published the book in 1925 using the actual time in history the Roaring Twenties to help create Gatsbys character Gatsbys participation in the bootlegging business the extravagant parties he throws and the wealthy careless lifestyle the Buchanans represent are all vivid pictures of that time frame Fitzgeralds portrayal of the time period creates lifelike characters in the novel By creating these personable characters Fitzgerald is allowing the reader to associate himself with Gatsby and letting him use his imagination so that in the end the reader can decide if the Great Gatsby is truly great Fitzgerald allows the reader to incorporate the story into their own past and past relationships ultimately putting the reader in Gatsbys shoes and seeing what the reader would do in the same situation It raises a great debate should people live their lives yearning for something in the past Is it acceptable to live ones whole life on a past experience or memory hoping to reach back in time and pull the past to the present Is it healthy Gatsbys tragedy is not his death It is the death of his dream of utopia He discovers that Daisys gold is money not her soul Nick describes the New World that the storyteller faces the night he lays his dreams to rest material without being real where poor ghosts breathing dreams like air drifted fortuitously about 169 Gatsby must have looked out upon a world he thought loved him that he thought valued things like dreams and happiness and the shock at what he found there at what he found both in the emptiness of Daisy and the indifferent machine of the city were what killed all that he had ever hoped for Gatsby doesnt understand time he wants to skew it as he skews his life and the lives of those around him Gatsby believes until the very end
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