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 glance, ...

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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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