James Gatz is a man whose only goal was to return to the love of his life and will go to any means necessary to get himself to this goal. The reader comes to know this man as Jay Gatsby, the superbly wealthy resident of West Egg. Gatsby was an eloquent and extravagant man who would do anything to get Daisy back, ANYTHING. From the eyes of Nick Caraway, the reader sees that Gatsby is a man elevated to wealth by himself in the crime business, who has followed his dreams only to find that he is unworthy of them.
Jay Gatsby is a man in his thirties was a part of the wealthy social class of New York. The reader finds out late in the book that he was once known as Jay Gatz, who fell in love with a Louisville sweetheart by the name of Daisy. In fear of rejection, Gatsby hides his financial crises from her, but was later put down because of it when marriage came into play. Gatsby was called off to fight in the war and lost his love to a wealthy football star named Tom Buchanon. This event in Gatsby’s past fuels his quest in once again obtaining Daisy for himself, as well as coming up with millions of dollars and property in New York’s more elegant community. Pondering this journey, Gatsby creates a superb background, which he intends to use to fit in with the upper class. ” This fella’s a regular Bellasco.” (Fitzgerald 50), Owl Eyes claims that Gatsby’s house is a big fake to impress people. From this statement, Nick concludes that Gatsby is indeed living this lavish life to prove himself to Daisy. Gatsby’s late appearance in the novel is used by the author to present the reader with a difference of appearance vs. reality. At first, the reader is introduced to Gatsby as just the talk of the crowd. He is but a very wealthy host of wild parties who is alleged to be a bootlegger, and has possibly killed a man, among many other things. “Somebody told me that he killed a man once,” (Fitzgerald 48).
Gatsby was always seen as a “creep” and a secretive person. In the story it says “He smiled understandingly- much more than understandingly” on page 52. This quote symbolizes Gatsby as a crafty, secretive and an all-knowing character. He is also lonely, even though the book doesn’t say this I can gather enough information to prove that it is true because of the way that he surrounds himself with strangers that he thought were “friends” of Gatsby’s at his parties, hoping for Daisy Buchanan to appear at one, but when the story wraps up at Gatsby’s funeral, all of his “friends” were too eventful or just not interested in showing up to his funeral in honor of his life. Fitzgerald also used symbolism well to tell Gatsby’s story. For example, the light at the end of her dock was a symbol/ beacon of hope for Gatsby that he would possibly be reunited with Daisy. In the start of the novel, he is described to be reaching out to the light at the end of Daisy’s dock as if he was trying to grasp it. “Gatsby stretched out his arms toward the shady water in a inquiring way, and as far as I was from him I could have affirmed he was quivering. Unwillingly I glanced seaward–and got nothing except one light, that might have been the end of a dock” (Fitzgerald 3). The way that Fitzgerald uses imaginings in his novel makes the words come right off the page and into the space in front of readers. The way the author tells the story is with such rich detail that it is almost awe-inspiring. For instance, when Nick first attended Gatsby’s party he gives a clear description of what he saw. “I looked around. A lot of the other women were now having fights with men said to be their husbands…. One of the men was talking with curious force to a young actress, and his wife, after attempting to laugh at the situation in a distinguished and uncaring way, broke down entirely and resorted to side attacks – at intermissions she appeared suddenly at his side like an annoyed diamond, and hissed: ‘You promised!’ into his ear” (Fitzgerald 48). Finally, the writing style of Fitzgerald can be intense and awe-inspiring in so many ways.
Ultimately, James Gatz was an eloquent man who bathed in riches and lived a lavish lifestyle. He loved a woman named Daisy, but she was married to Tom and this led to a breakout of affairs between a lot of couples. The two of them had an affair and Tom found out, thus leading to James’ death. Jay was shot and killed by Wilson because Wilson thought he was the one cheating with his wife. Jay Gatsby suffered a death that would have never happened if he didn’t want to come back to Daisy.