The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby




Doesn't it always seem as though rich and famous people are larger-



than-life and virtually impossible to touch, almost as if they were a



fantasy? In The Great Gatsby, set in two wealthy communities, East



Egg and West Egg, Fitzgerald describes Gatsby as a Romantic, larger-



than-life, figure by setting him apart from the common person.



Fitzgerald sets Gatsby in a fantasy world that, based on



illusion, is of his own making. Gatsby's possessions start to this



illusion. He lives in an extremely lavish mansion. "It is a factual



imitation of some Hotel de Ville in Normandy, with a tower on one side,



spanking new under a thin beard of raw ivy, and a marble swimming pool,



and more than forty acres of lawn and garden." It models an extravagant



castle with a European style. Indoors it has "Marie Antoinette music-



rooms and restoration salons." There is even a "Merton College Library,



paneled with imported carved English oak and thousands of volumes of



books." There is even a private beach on his property. He also has his



own personal hydroplane. Gatsby also drives a highly imaginative,



"circus wagon", car that "everybody had seen. It is a rich cream color



with nickel and has a three-noted horn." It has a "monstrous length



with triumphant hat-boxes, supper-boxes, tool-boxes, and terraced with a



labyrinth of windshields and a green leather conservatory."



Other than Gatsby's possessions, he develops his personal self.



His physical self appearance sets him apart form the other characters.



His smile is the type "that comes across four or five times in life. One



of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it." He



has a collection of tailored shirts from England. They are described as





















"shirts of sheer linen and thick silk and fine flannel." He has shirts



with stripes and scrolls and plaids in coral and apple-green and la-



vender and faint orange, with monograms of Indian blue." Gatsby wears a



unique "gorgeous pink rag of a suit" that sets him apart as a "bright



spot." Gatsby's mannerisms are different too. He gives the "strong im-



pression that he picks his words with care." Gatsby is an "elegant



young roughneck whose elaborate formality of speech just misses being



absurd." Gatsby also has a particularly distinct phrase which is "old



sport." Further, at his parties he stands apart from the other people.



Unlike everyone else, he does not drink any alcohol. Also, there are no



young ladies that lay their head on his shoulder and he doesn't dance.



During his parties he either sits alone or stands on his balcony alone,



apart from everyone else. Gatsby even creates himself a false personal



history that is unlike anyone else's in order to give him the appearance

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