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The Tragic Dreamer: Understanding Jay Gatsby’s Complex Character in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

  The writers of Fitzgerald’s time had a habit of writing novels that would be a bit appetizing. It’s like our Beijing opera. The protagonist has put on makeup and is preparing in the background, but he is slow to come on stage. The gongs, drums, and harps are playing. The ones who come out on top are some walk-ins, and in the end, the protagonist comes out until you are ready to scold him. His debut is not a success, and the reader thinks in his heart, “Look at how proud you are, what’s so great about you?”
   However, in all honesty, it is worth waiting for Gatsby to appear. Although the novel has reached the end of the first chapter, Gatsby still appears first. He “has both hands in “Standing there with his pocket in his hand, looking up at the silver stars” – this is a very mediocre objective description, but the subjective description is witty and playful enough. He “came out to determine which part of our local sky belongs to him” – How can wit and playfulness alone be enough to be earth-shattering? Then the narrator saw Mr. Gatsby stretching out his arms toward the dark water and a small and distant green light, and he was still trembling.
   Readers who are sensitive to both writing and reading will realize that the writer has bitten his own hook. From now on, he must completely satisfy the readers’ expectations for this protagonist in the remaining pages.
   Tom Buchanan and his social circle “suspiciously” dominate the novel for a while, and finally give way after a bit of banter. The big man Gatsby is still dodging something, as if he is saying, the little ones play first. I always only hear the sound but not the smell of the person. When his summer parties in the garden conquered the vain and flamboyant men and women of the upper class with his extravagance, people believed that a large area of ​​the sky in West Egg did belong to this big man – it was rumored that he was the nephew of the German Emperor Wilhelm. As it should be.
   But there are also rumors that Mr. Gatsby has killed someone. This is the information provided by the guests at Gatsby’s garden party when talking about him, which is more information than the reader can digest at once. For example, some people say that Mr. Gatsby served as a German spy, while others deny the previous information and say that Gatsby served in the American army during World War II. For example, Miss Baker revealed that Gatsby told her that he graduated from Oxford, and then stated that she did not believe that Gatsby went to Oxford University in any way. Another example is that some people say that Gatsby is a bootlegger, that he is not Emperor William but the nephew of German Marshal Hindenburg.
   The complicated information is contradictory, effectively piling up the mysterious outlines and lines of a character, but ruthlessly revealing the fact that “so many people came to Gatsby’s house as guests, but they treated him completely.” Ignorance seems to be a subtle tribute to him.” With such a strong and mysterious flame surrounding Gatsby’s origin, the character has been suspended in the air by the writer. What should I do? I had to put it down slowly. As a result, the big shot sitting next to a “noisy little girl” recognized “me” as a comrade, and then invited “me” to try flying a seaplane together. After that, the thousand The first sentence that came out of Hu Wan Huan was, “I am Gatsby.”
   The origin of Gatsby’s wealth is unknown, but his character and image characteristics are obvious. Being thoughtful in the hustle and bustle, and feeling lost when spending a lot of money are all contradictions. The paradox is of course the loneliness he feels after gathering a crowd. He gathered the crowd and stayed away from the crowd. When he invited the band to play the symphony for the guests, “Gatsby stood alone on the marble steps and looked from one group of people to that group of people with satisfied eyes.” While the guests caroused in his garden, Gatsby “became more dignified.” This is indeed the behavior of a big man. This behavior is caused by wealth, arrogance, and condescension. But there is another possibility. It just shows loneliness, restraint, cowardice, or preoccupation. Gatsby’s characterization has always gone hand in hand with the unraveling of his origins, and his guests have made his story bizarre.
   But the person involved, Gatsby, seemed to be telling people the lies about his life experience in an elegant way. This is dizzying, and then the author keenly foresees the adverse symptoms that readers will have, and adjusts the narrative rhythm in a timely manner. First, he unravels the relationship between “I”, Miss Baker, Tom and Daisy, and Gatsby. Button, after a long time of fuss, the medicine sold in this gourd is a touching love story. Not only will Daisy’s cousin “I” and Daisy’s girlfriend Miss Baker be surprised, not only will Daisy’s husband be jealous, but also Daisy’s husband will be jealous. Readers will also be disappointed. After reading it for a long time, they still read a love story. Why isn’t it a love story? The Great Gatsby, everything he did was to meet his first love Daisy again.
   As a contradictory character, in addition to being captured by vanity and flashy lifestyle, Gatsby is also captured by love. He pursues pure love more persistently than an innocent young man in a small town. Five years later, he ran around the house before seeing Daisy again. After seeing her, he was “ashen-faced,” felt awkward before the conversation, and was ecstatic after the conversation. The big man Gatsby finally showed the cuteness of the little man, but the secret date ended. Please pay attention to the painstaking efforts of the writer in portraying Gatsby’s character. “When I walked over to say goodbye, I saw that confused expression appear on Gatsby’s face again, as if he had doubts about the nature of his current happiness.” A big man full of contradictions returned in an instant. “Daisy was far inferior to his dreams—not through any fault of hers, but because of the tremendous energy of his dreams. His dreams transcended her, transcended everything.”
   Suddenly, everything became clear. The great Gatsby was not a mysterious figure. He was a man living in a dream. Five years later, he performed the drama of reliving his old dream with Daisy in a dreamlike way, while sharply pointing out that “her voice was full of money.” The writer who had carried the novel too leisurely also woke up at this time and became cruel. He tied up several characters and dealt with them in one climax. After Gatsby and Daisy’s five-person trip to New York ended on bad terms, it was Gatsby and Daisy’s car that killed Mrs. Wilson. This Mrs. Wilson was none other than Daisy’s husband, Tom Boo. Kannan’s lover. Why let this fat woman die? Why let Daisy hit her with the car and then let Gatsby take the responsibility? Why did Gatsby have to be killed by Wilson by the swimming pool? Maybe not for a reason, just for a plot that seems to be conducive to destroying Gatsby. The writer’s work of creating a legend and then destroying it was ready. Before destroying the legend of Gatsby, the writer suffered from the torment of his conscience. A series of seemingly inexplicable narrations were used to excuse the lying Gatsby. He had served as a soldier. , he had been to Oxford, and not all of his mysterious life stories were lying. But nothing can cover up the readers’ uneasiness, turmoil, and sadness when they witness Gatsby’s demise. In any case, before the great man Gatsby died, the readers had already fallen in love with him, just like falling in love with another fantasy. self in.
   There are probably very few examples in the history of literature where the most cumbersome popular novel method was used to describe romance, and a classic work was written as a result. Mr. Gatsby’s death was heartbreaking. At his funeral, all the men and women who had enjoyed themselves in his garden disappeared. Instead, it was his father, a shabby and simple old man from a small town. He did not share his son’s glory in the world, but he kept Mr. Gatsby’s schedule of his youth with him. After much deliberation, I decided to transcribe this timeline to put a final word on a character we are discussing here. By the way, I miss the lost youth of a young man and the mixed feelings of joy and sorrow of a novel character (perhaps a real person). lifetime:
  Get up 06:00
  Dumbbell gymnastics and wall climbing 06:15-06:30
  Studying electricity, etc. 07:15-08:15
  Work 08:50-16:30
  Baseball and other sports 16:30-17:00
  Practice speech and manners 17:00-18:00
  Learn useful new inventions 19:00-21:00

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