Friday, June 7, 2013

The Great Gatsby: What does Gatsby Want?

II. Logic Stage Inquiry [The Why and How]

What does the central character want?
Gatsby wants wealth and prestige.  He wants this from his youth.  He knew this after he worked with Dan Cody.  But, after he meets Daisy, she becomes a status symbol for wealth and high society, and he turns her into an idol, worships her, and pursues her.  It appears he wants her, but his love for her does not seem genuine or believable.  Does he want Daisy or what she represents?

What is standing in his way, and what strategies does he use to get what he wants? 

Gatsby comes from a poor family, so that forces him to have to work for a living and to work harder for a specific class or position in society.  After the War, he gets a janitorial job to pay for his schooling, but out of humiliation from the work that he does, he quits.  He wants to get rich quick, and he is willing to earn his wealth immorally. 

As for Daisy, Gatsby is foolishly living in the past, which is not realistic, and he ignores the fact that Daisy is legally married to someone else, and he cannot just break up the marriage and pick up where he and Daisy left off.  His greedy pride is standing in his way because he wants to have what he wants simply because he wants it without considering the reality of his demands.

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