The Great Gatsby: What Makes Him So Great? [spoilers]

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Re: The Great Gatsby: What Makes Him So Great? [spoilers]

Post by NwadikeM5 » 25 Sep 2018, 05:54

I think it's his good heart and kind soul. Behind all of his flash and confidence, he's just a man who wants to be with the woman he loves. He would do anything for the people he cares about. That's the thing that always stood out to be about Gatsby. He's a good man just trying to find his way in the world.

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Post by Venivici » 26 Sep 2018, 04:16

I think the title was ironic, Gasby had everything but he had nothing, not even geniue love and even thats free. In my taught what made him great was living and dieing with nothing, that pretty hard to do for anyone, don't you think?

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Post by habibatariq » 26 Sep 2018, 13:48

hey @venivici. jumping on what you said " not even genuine love and even that's free." love isn't free it requires all of you. you have to give your heart to a person, not just heart you have to give all of yours to someone you love.

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Post by Venivici » 27 Sep 2018, 13:13

So true but then your not truly success when you don't have someone to share your intimate success with, someone to create memories the are deep. The kind you create in the silence. Gasby had everything but he had nothing

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Post by perthy » 02 Oct 2018, 09:12

For me, I love The Great Gatsby because the book was very verbose. I learned so many new vocabulary and Fitzgerald really strings his sentences together so well. Gatsby is like a main character from a Mexican telenovela for me (a poor guy rejected by his gf's family because he was poor, disappears and then suddenly appears with lots of wealth from who knows where). But that's what I like about Gatsby, he represented everything grandiose and everything I wanna be. He became a success because of hard work. A lot of people see Gatsby as a personification of the American Dream. Tragic ending though.

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Post by Ak1412 » 21 Mar 2019, 19:52

I don't think he was great. I think he created a fake persona of greatness.

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Post by mmm17 » 22 Mar 2019, 11:35

In my opinion, Gatsby is great, indeed. He is an entertainer, with a witty personality and pursues his dreams in a very assertive manner. Of course he has some flaws, but I feel that they do not alter his greatness.

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Post by IamShing » 25 Mar 2019, 04:42

For me it is because of his good soul and heart. i liked it the way it was laid..very positive
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Post by lisalynn » 14 Apr 2019, 12:08

Gatsby is not great. He's obsessed and insecure and is buying friends. The book itself is not great either. Yes, the picture painted of the roaring twenties is vivid, and the characters each have their own unique voice, but the situation that ultimately leads to the tragedy is so contrived that I can't get on board with the Gatsby fan club.
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Post by srividyag1 » 17 Apr 2019, 10:06

Bluecobia wrote:
05 Sep 2017, 17:03
I have not read it in many years. My main impression was one of confusion . I remember lots of partying. I did not get a great impression of Gatsby.
Me neither. Even though I liked the book, I didn't think it was extraordinary. I remember thinking it was over-rated. Except for the partying and socialising, I do not remember much. But I do remember Leonardo di Caprio from the movie version, though I can't remember anything "great" about Gatsby, even from the movie.
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