gatsby - Kyle Daniele 1/25/09 The characters of The Great...

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Kyle Daniele 1/25/09 The characters of The Great Gatsby are some of the most complex to be written down on a page. As products of the "American Dream", the promise of prosperity and contentment not restricted to a certain echelon, each suffered like others at the time as the criminal underworld undermined the people’s hopes, dreams, and opportunities. We can see within each character that they find themselves with a lack of spiritual nourishment leaving them yearning more as their chances of success were snatched away from them. As Nick Carraway unfolds the story of Jay Gatsby, we come to an understanding by the conclusion of the novel that his time in New York has caused him to suffer tremendously. He was a believer in the dream as he set out to the East in order to get his possible share of the prosperous bond business. However as people become more acquisitive, it would only leave dreams and lives in ruin. With the position of narrator, Carraway wants us to retain this thought, even though it could be argued as one-sided. He defends his views by setting Daisy and Tom Buchanan, Jay Gatsby, and Jordan Baker as his examples that the thirst of obtaining your dreams and the way society wanted them to conform could overwhelm the way you act. James Gatz and Jay Gatsby are two completely separate entities. Gatz was the
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