Jay Gatsby Character Analysis

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Jay Gatsby
The main character in The Great Gatsby is Jay Gatsby. All that people really know about him is that he is very wealthy and throws many parties. Jay Gatsby is represented by his lavished parties and his expensive car. Everything Gatsby does, he does for one specific reason. Throughout this novel, it talks about how hopeful, determined, and in denial Gatsby is. At the beginning of this story, Gatsby’s new neighbor Nick Carraway sees him reaching out his hand towards the bay, but all Nick sees is a green light. We find out later in the novel that the green light represents hope. He is hopeful that one day he will be reunited with Daisy, who is married to another man. The real reason Gatsby throws all those parties is, because he hopes one day Daisy will wander in. Gatsby asks Nick if he will invite Daisy over for tea so they can be reunited. Gatsby invites Daisy and Nick over to his house. Daisy goes from being happy to a sudden sadness and starts getting upset. Daisy states in the novel ,”It makes me sad because I’ve never seen such - such beautiful shirts before.”( Fitzgerald 68) The reason she is so upset is, because she knows that no matter how happy she is to be reunited with Gatsby again she will still have to go home to her husband Tom..
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Gatsby invites Daisy, Nick, and Tom to a party at his mansion. Gatsby mentions to Tom how he has already met Daisy. This is when Tom begins to get suspicious of Gatsby and says to Nick,“I wonder where in the devil he met Daisy. By God, I may be old-fashioned in my ideas, but women run around too much these days to suit me. They meet all kinds of crazy fish.”(Fitzgerald 78) At the end of chapter 6 Gatsby gets frustrated, because he wants Daisy to tell Tom that she never loved him. Daisy is hesitant about doing this, because deep down she does love Tom, but she has always loved