The Great Gatsby: A Full Spectrum Of Character



Throughout Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, there seems to be a broad
spectrum of moral and social views demonstrated by various characters. At
one end, is Tom, a man who attacks Gatsby's sense of propriety and
legitimacy, while thinking nothing of running roughshod over the lives of
those around him. A direct opposite of Tom's nature is Gatsby, who displays
great generosity and caring, yet will stop at nothing to achieve his dream
of running off with Daisy. Also, in the middle of this, are various
characters who seem to sway back and forth in their stands as convenient.
This range of personalities lends itself well to a uniquely subtle
interplay between their characters

At first ...

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Gatsby's mansion and seems deeply moved by his collection of fine,
tailored shirts. It would seem that Tom's relative wealth, also, had at one
time impressed her enough to win her in marriage. In contrast to that,
Gatsby seems to not care a bit about money itself, but rather only about
the possibility that it can win over Daisy. In fact, Gatsby's extreme
generosity gives the reader the impression that Gatsby would otherwise have
never even worked at attaining wealth had it not been for Daisy. For Gatsby,
the only thing of real importance was his pursuit of Daisy. It would seem
that these elements are combined, too in the character Myrtle. Myrtle is,
as Daisy, impressed with Tom's wealth and appearance, but, like Jay Gatsby,
is stuck in a fantastic, idealized perception of her object of affection.
Even when abused and trampled over by Tom, Myrtle continues to adore him,
just as Gatsby continues to dote upon Daisy after being obviously rejected
by her. As far as ethical ...

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