Why Gatsby Was Great (About the book "The Great Gatsby")

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The book "The Great Gatsby", by Fitzgerald, is a very thought provoking book. Throughout this book Gatsby is the center of attention. Everyone is always talking about Gatsby and no one ever really knew his life story, but it never stopped them from talking about him. Just like anyone, Gatsby had his faults, but in the end he is great.

Gatsby is great because of his generosity. He throws big parties and everyone is invited. It didn't matter if they knew him or not they still came. He always makes sure everyone is enjoying himself or herself. For instance, as Lucille tells Jordan, "I like to come. I never care what I do, so I always have a good time. When I was here last I tore my gown on a chair, and he asked me my name and address-inside of a week I got a package from Croirier's with a new evening gown in it."

(47) Gatsby does everything possible to make people feel comfortable.

The next thing that makes him so great is his wealth. Although Gatsby was wealthy he never let his money go to his head. He was not always wealthy. He had inherited his money, but then lost it all. After he lost his money he then worked for it. Gatsby also treats everyone with respect. For example, when Nick wants to know who Meyer Wolfshiem is, Gatsby choose to speak of him highly. Gatsby complemented him by saying; "He's the man who fixed the World's Series back in 1919." (78) No matter the circumstances, he didn't want to make anyone look bad.

Lastly, Gatsby is great due to his commitment to Daisy. He sends her flowers and does anything and everything to make her happy. Gatsby even keeps their meetings a secret...