Ambivalence in the Great Gatsby

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Ambivalence in The Great Gatsby In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the reader is left with a deep sense of ambivalence. The ambiguous Jay Gatsby is the main source of this combination of disquietude and pleasure. One element of the reader’s ambivalent reaction toward Gatsby is the result of his role as a sinister mobster. The second element of such mixture of emotions is Gatsby’s other role as a romantic hero. Even the narrator, Nick Carrraway, implies to have the same ambivalent response toward Gatsby with his initial statement that “only Gatsby…was exempt from my reaction—Gatsby, who represented everything for which I have an unaffected scorn.” One component of the feeling of ambivalence is toward Gatsby is disquietude. Gatsby’s involvement in several major illegal activities produces in the reader great discomfort. His friendship with the threatening Meyer Wolfshiem is very ambiguous. This character has a past of fixing the 1919’s World Series that produces a feeling of uneasiness because of Gatsby’s possible participation in those activities too. Wolfshiem’s telling of a shooting and his possession of human teeth as cufflinks imply that this man could have has killed people too. This stresses a disquieting view of Gatsby because it suggests a possibility that Gatsby has killed too.
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The corrupt nature of the rumored actions of Gatsby and the consequent investigations also produce uneasiness. One of the rumors describes Gatsby as a bootlegger. Others say that he has killed a man. Another rumor says that he was a
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