Ambiguity In The Great Gatsby

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Not only has he changed his name, but he has also tried to create a whole new man with a new history. He has acquired “New money”, but this is not enough for him to reach the top of society’s ladder. William Voegeli, who wrote about Gatsby’s pursuit of happiness, explains Nicks different view towards Gatsby over Tom when stating, “Gatsby has acquired his wealth for a high motive, a motive that expresses an exceptional sensitivity. Tom Buchanan uses his inherited fortune for low motives that reflect his negligible concern for other people.” (Voegeli) Nick does not have the same attitude for towards Tom for many reasons, but Gatsby’s motivation for wealth stands out particularly.
The title Great, due to its ambiguity, has been given to many emperors and nobles throughout, and it is interesting that they are declared “Great” until after their death. History has given many different definitions of greatness. In many cases it has been done out of respect, and this is exactly what happened to Jay Gatsby. This book almost is Nick’s way of fulfilling his promise to “Get someone for you”. (Fitzgerald 164) In this part of the novel Nick was talking about Gatsby’s funeral, but in another way, Nick was able to complete his task through this novel.
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Even though Gatsby failed in his death, Nick still wanted to show the people around him how great was. “He would not feel successful until he had accomplished his goals exactly as he pictured them.” (Bunci) The difference between Gatsby and Tom is not their morality. Both have gone to almost any extent to obtain wealth and power, and neither of them care about staying true to their marriage. Near the end of the book Nick comes to the conclusion, “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy--they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness”.(Fitzgerald,