The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald Throughout the novel, Gatsby’s dialogue and actions contribute to theoverall impression of greatness in Gatsby. Most of these attributesare made visible to the reader by Gatsby’s obsession to being reunitedwith Daisy, his long lost love. Gatsby’s actions towards Nick alsogive the impression to the reader of the greatness in Gatsby.
The first impressions of Gatsby come at the beginning of the bookthrough Nick, a newcomer to West Egg and his meeting with Gatsby forthe first time. Gatsby welcomes him with open arms, showing that hispersonality is not consistent with the stereotype of rich people beinguncaring toward people who are less wealthy. Gatsby’s parties weresecond to none anywhere. The novel describes the parties as being hugeaffairs with thousands of lights and hundreds of people, most of whichwere not invited to attend. Gatsby did not mind and let them stayanyway, and stayed inside his house the entire time by himself, notwanting to attract attention to himself. These parties and theattitude of Gatsby towards the parties shows how much Gatsby wascommitted for Daisy to come to his house, and how he feels towardsguests each contribute greatly to the readers’ overall idea ofGatsby’s greatness towards others in the story. Gatsby makes severaladvances to help Nick, by inviting him to his party, cutting his grassfor free, and to offer Nick a business proposition that probably wouldhave been very lucrative for Nick. These offers to help Nick show thereader Gatsby’s greatness in respect in trying to help people that are…
… Even after Gatsby’s death, Nick continues toshow how much he was influenced by Gatsby’s greatness. Nick assumesthe responsibility for finding people to attend Gatsby’s funeral, andcares for Gatsby’s grief-stricken father when he arrives for thefuneral. Nick would not have been so caring for a man who he did notconsider great, which shows the reader that Gatsby’s influence onothers was another part of his greatness.
Gatsby’s title as great is well earned though his accomplishments inhis life. This novel describes his dialogue and actions to the readerso that the reader can perceive the greatness in his or her ownperception of the symbolism. Gatsby’s greatness extends well beyondhis life through his hopes, his dreams, and his influences on thepeople he met during his brief existence, and his love for Daisy.