The Mystery Man – Part Four

05 Jun

Gatsby:  User or Victim?

He uses lots of people and situations to get to Daisy, doesn’t he?   Nick, in particular.   He doesn’t seem to care about tromping on a marriage or being honest or even the horrible event in Chapter 7 (which I won’t mention in case you haven’t gotten there yet).

On the other hand, people use him too.   All the society wealthy who crash his parties, drink his drinks and eat his fancy food are all users.   They could care less about Gatsby as a person (as evidenced by their lack of presence at the events of the last chapter).   Even the person he seems to care the most about, Daisy, turns her back on him in the end to protect herself.   Do you feel sorry for him at all?  Any empathy?

So what do you think?  Is it Poor Gatsby or Good Riddance Gatsby?


Posted by on June 5, 2013 in The Blog, The Great Gatsby


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3 responses to “The Mystery Man – Part Four

  1. Ruth @ Experiment with The Well-Educated Mind

    June 5, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Nick’s narration is designed to cause us to feel some sympathy for Gatsby, but in the real world we know it is scandalous to pursue another man’s wife. While I wouldn’t say good riddance, I definitely wouldn’t call him poor. (No pun intended.)

  2. Tonia

    June 5, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    I agree with Ruth. His behavior was certainly nothing to uphold but I do feel pity for him. He was disillusioned by his “idolizing” of Daisy.

  3. Jeannette

    June 7, 2013 at 9:46 am

    It was hard for me to completely dislike him…there’s something human about him. The hopefulness he can’t let go of, perhaps. But you are correct – the his behavior is scandalous. He could care less about morals, rules, societal constraints, etc. He just must have Daisy.


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