West Egg separates motivations. East Egg is related to old money, aristocratic and fancy, while West Egg is new money, lavish displays of money and crazy. As the old money possess the individuals it seems as if they lack heart. Nick describes them as careless, inconsiderable bullies, that use their money to make them feel better and to protect themselves. The East egg people view themselves as superior to the West eggers. Buchannan’s are an example of this while Gatsby is the opposite. Love and Marriage: Love and marriage is a main factor to the events that occur. Daisy is unhappy in her marriage with Tom but chooses to stay with him because of his wealth and class. Gatsby wants to be with Daisy, everything that he has done for the past 5 years was for her, but was flawed as he faked his past, used illegal means to get wealthy and ultimately didn’t live up to Daisy’s conception of wealth. Gatsby was also fixated to the wealth and the past that he couldn’t see the difference between fantasy and reality. Myrtle hates her husband and goes in a affair with Tom. Tom likes having affairs, I guess. The American Dream: The dream is false, and you cannot achieve it as you always want more. The dream is corrupted in this novel. Daisy is so fixated on wealth and class that she gives up everything that she wanted. Gatsby lives in the American Dream, but then is corrupted and blindedby it because of his obsession of wealth and his inability to see the difference between the pastand the present. Myrtle tries to achieve this dream but is also corrupted by it because of her obsession of wealth. The American dream affects everyone in this novel. Who is the protagonist and why?Jay Gatsby is the protagonist of the novel; Gatsby is clear and determined about his goal. From the moment he first kissed Daisy, Gatsby has aspired to attain her. This aspiration drives all his subsequent choices, and those choices in turn affect the other characters in the novel. Myrtle’s death, George’s suicide, and Gatsby’s murder are all the result of Gatsby’s quest to have Daisy for himself. Tom, Daisy, and Nick’s decisions to leave the east are also caused by Gatsby’s actions. Despite his power to change his life and the lives of others, Gatsby fails to attain his goal. He dies
Amy Quan 10iwithout having won Daisy back from Tom. In fact, we can infer that Gatsby’s presence in their lives served to draw the couple closer together – the exact opposite of what Gatsby wanted.Who is the antagonist and why?Tom is the antagonist, because he is the biggest obstacle that stands between Gatsby and Daisy. Tom is invested in maintaining social order and feels threatened by lower class coming into his privileged life. Daisy also prevents Gatsby to be with her, she’s just like Tom and causes Gatsby’s downfall. Where does the story take place and why does it have significance to the novel?
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