The Great Gatsby

“The Great Gatsby”

Characters that are blind to the reality of their own circumstances are often those from whom we learn the best lessons
Discuss this statement with reference to a work you have studied.

A novel in which the characters are blind to reality by their own circumstances and are the ones that whom we learn the best lessons is “The Great Gatsby” written by F. Scott Fitzgerald and published in 1925.

“The Great Gatsby” is about a man called Nick Carroway that meets Jay Gatsby, who is trying to bring back the past so he can be with his former lover that now is married, Daisy Buchanan. This leads to many events and the death of Gatsby by a mistake of identity.

The themes that are presented in this book are the corruption and greed in the United States society to acquire wealth, and the façade of wealth and social class that hide a society that is selfish and materialistic besides being inhuman and hypocritical people. The only thing that the people care about is money and showing it to the others so they can get jealous.

In this novel there are characters that are fully aware of their actions and the circumstances that they bring, and also there are those that are completely blind to the reality of their circumstance.

Two of the characters that are found in this novel that are able to see reality are Tom and Daisy Buchanan. Both of these characters are fully aware because they know of their spouse’s dishonesty but they stay together in a relationship because they need to maintain an appearance that is socially acceptable.

Tom is aware of the reality of his circumstance because he preserves his marriage to Daisy even dough he is having an affair with many women including the now deceased Myrtle Wilson.

“Once in a while I go off on a spree and make a fool out of myself, but I always come back, and in my heart I love her all the time”

In this quote we can see what was said before that Tom has affairs with other women all the time...