The Great Gatsby Multi Genre

Casey Mason

Epigraph

There is a foul dust floating out in the wind. It is a dust that preys in the wake of your dreams.

The dust that preyed on Gatsby, what caused him the greatest terror, was reality. The reality that he was really just James Gatz, that Daisy would never be his, that he was alone in that ivy mansion was incomprehensible. In his terror Gatsby invents an illusion. Running from reality, James creates Jay, the sort of man that a seventeen-year-old boy would likely invent, and steps into his new persona. To complete the facade he needs a woman, for who could deny an illusion that two people could both see. Without the girl, the dust had a chance to settle in his mind, and he would be forced to face reality. Through his fear and desperation, living in his illusion, Gatsby desperately tries to win his happy ending, Gatsby sacrifices himself, not for a genuine love for Daisy, but for the sake of his illusion. This theme, as well as Gatsby's mirage only get stronger towards the end of the novel. It is the most important theme because the illusion is Gatsby himself, making the novel "The Great Illusion". Gatsby believed in Daisy's love for him, his illusion, til his death, he was able to outrun the dreaded reality check. So yes Gatsby turns out alright in the end.

Chapter 1

Desperation

I am flailing

arms flapping wildly in open space trying to cling to something, anything, to stop reality from creeping in at the corners of my brain

I am a master carpenter

building elaborate fortresses of ivy

as if they'll hold me up

I'm afraid

too afraid to think rationally

if I could just stretch my arms far enough that green light would rest in the palm of my hand

the water, the distance, it isn't real

I am terrified of isolation

Him and his icy caress, his brooding cloak of a presence

he makes my carnations wilt

he is not real, he cannot be

The characteristic poem is meant to embody Gatsby's desperation. It begins with an image of desperation falling, because when Gatsby is younger he cannot accept the fact the he is just James Gatz. So he tries to create a new persona to escape for his reality. The line "building elaborate fortresses of ivy" first identifies that the poem is about Gatsby, but is followed by "as if they'll hold me up" to show that everything he does even living in his castle, only serve to protect his illusion. The line "too afraid to think rationally" and "the water, the distance, it isn't real" go on to show that Gatsby is living in his illusion, not thinking rationally, and thinking Daisy is almost his. Lastly I mentioned Isolation because that is what Gatsby's reality is. His carnation is his illusion of being with Daisy and to acknowledge reality, that Daisy does not love him, shatters the illusion

Chapter 2

How to Make a Home Wrecker

Ingredients


  • 1 thickish figured woman
  • 3 quick change of dresses
  • 1 blond, spiritless husband
  • 1 rich brute of a man
  • 2 watching eyes
  • A dash of aspiration

Optional


  • A puppy
  • A new apartment
  • A copy of the Town Tattle


Instructions


  1. Pair your thickish woman with the blond, spirtless man, but slightly handsome and place in garage for a couple of years until the marriage of flavors form a slight unpleasantness.
  2. Sprinkle a dash of aspiration onto your woman so that she becomes uncontent with her current condition, but put her under two watchful eyes so she cannot escape on her own.
  3. Add one rich brutish man ,make sure he is already married, to the pot until there is a reaction of flavors, this will allow your woman to develop into a more sophisticated flavor
  4. Change your woman's dress three times during the cooking to allow for an easier transition into sophistication
  5. Put you finished woman in a new apartment crowded with furniture and adorn with a puppy and a copy of the Town Tattle so she feels wealthier
Myrtle, Tom's mistress, is unhappy in her life and wishes to be wealthier. To achieve this she beds Tom. Myrtle is not actually getting wealthy but creates an illusion for herself where she is rich and married to Tom. She continues with the illusion changing her personality as she changes her dress. Myrtle convinces herself that she and Tom would be together if Daisy were not Catholic. Like Gatsby, Myrtle cannot accept her reality with George Wilson.

Chapter 3

At least once

the glistening hors d'oeuvre, spiced backed hams, and pastry pigs and turkeys bewitched to a dark gold, the yellow cocktail music and the opera voices

she will be the one that somehow ended up at my door

it could be testimony to romantic my speculation

I'm Gatsby

Absolutely real

because I found her again

I thought I loved her

Then it was something more

most affections conceal something eventually

Chapter three is where Nick is attending one of Gatsby's parties. In the first four lines the poem shows Gatsby's true intentions for throwing parties, which is in hopes that Daisy may one day show up and, as the fifth line says, confirm the feelings he has been imagining since they parted ways. The poem goes on to say "I'm Gatsby Absolutely real because I found her again" which is saying that when Gatsby finally finds Daisy his illusion which was Gatsby himself will be complete. The last three lines say the Gatsby may have loved her to begin with, but now she serves another purpose which is to complete his illusion.

Chapter 4

Dear My Beloved Daisy,


I cannot think to what it is I might have done that would cause you to lose faith in our love, but I hope that this letter may convince you to reconsider your marriage to Tom.

Ever since I first laid eyes upon your young delicate face I knew it would be you who would complete me. The world can tell you of your beauty for it is undeniable, but I will tell you of your value. You are the glue that holds me together. Without you I could never be Jay Gatsby. Without you he is just some fabrication, worthless. Your are so great, grand castles crafted of ivy, furnished with gold, elaborate monuments of wealth and power, hold no value. You are like a beacon that calls to me, please do not let waters separate us. Daisy, if you cannot accept my love now, know that I will never relinquish it. It is always yours and only yours. I am always yours and only yours. You are the last piece of me and I will never let you go.


With the Most Love,

Jay Gatsby

This letter would be written after Gatsby received Daisy's letter to him about her marriage. Gatsby does love Daisy at this point, but he loves her mainly because she would complete his illusion of himself. He is indirectly saying so in the letter by saying she completes him.

Chapter 5

Green Light

I am bright and green

so bright that some have called me a beacon

and he must hear me calling

across the stretch of water

that man reaches for me

as if he dreams of holding me

I really am just a light

but he surely makes me feel like a star

I don't think Tom or Daisy even notices me

even if I am on their property

That man across the water

seems a little delusional to me

he cannot grab me he must know

he must know I am unreachable

Of all the objects Gatsby owns the most valuable seems the be the green light the shines at Daisy's house. It is possibly because he doesn't actually own it. He can never own it and the poem is saying Gatsby doesn't realize he cannot own it. The green light is a symbol of Daisy which he can never reach either.

Chapter 6

Nick is at Gatsby's party with Tom, Gatsby, and Daisy. While Tom's presence could have shattered Gatsby's illusion he continues with it and basically ignores Tom's presence. Nick however shows a firm grasp of reality when he sees that Daisy is almost disgusted by the people at the party because it shows who Daisy really is, and also when he tells Gatsby that he cannot repeat the past.

Chapter 7

In Chapter 7 Gatsby and Tom fight over Daisy. The man in the painting represents Gatsby because he has been building this image of himself for years and is missing just one piece, Daisy. Without her, Gatsby and his illusion will crumble, just as the man in the picture is distraught without his last piece. The puzzle piece is very close to the man which compares to how close Daisy is to Gatsby. He and Daisy are together fora short period of time before he loses her. Gatsby was so close to completing his illusion. Finally there are two people at the door who represent Tom and Daisy who leave for Chicago leaving Gatsby alone. The man being left alone represents Gatsby being left alone which is the reality he chooses to ignore.

Chapter 8

Responsibility for Gatsby's Death



  • Gatsby 25%
  • Wilson 30%
  • Tom 3%
  • Daisy 40%
  • Myrtle 2%
I have given Daisy a majority of the blame for Gatsby's death, because Gatsby is taking the blame for her. Because Daisy could not take responsibility for her actions, or at least stop the car, Gatsby has to pay for her actions. Gatsby has 25% of the blame because he willingly sacrificed himself for Daisy who doesn't love him. He fails to see reality which makes his think she is worth losing his reputation for. Tom only gets 3% of the blame because he pointed Wilson directly to Gatsby, but he did not know that Gatsby was innocent. Myrtle gets 2% of the blame, because had she not having an affair with Tom she would never have run in front of the car and nothing would have made Wilson murderous. Wilson get 30% of the blame simply because he pulled the trigger which may have not set up the scenario for Gatsby to die but was the cause of his death.

Chapter 9

Daisy

Daisy's bumper sticker reflects how she acts like she doesn't care about the consequences of her actions. Being a fool for her means being oblivious to the pain you cause in others, and by doing so avoid any pain for yourself. This is similar to when Nick says Tom and Daisy are like children, letting everyone clean up their messes. This implies that Daisy does that on purpose. She is trying to create an illusion of herself, a version of herself that doesn't care, because reality, that she killed a woman, that she cheated on her husband, would hurt to much.

Nick

The bumper sticker is referring to how Nick ends up seeing almost everyone as morally disgusting. For him no one seems to understand that the things they are doing is wrong. The bumper sticker divides "They" and "I", the I being Nick and the they being the people who don't understand the severity of their reality. Nick is the only one with a clear grasp of reality.

Gatsby

Gatsby's bumper sticker show's his persistence. Gatsby inspired himself to become a more successful man and never gave up on that goal until he achieved it. He also never gave up on his pursuit for Daisy, and never gave up on his illusion of himself. Gatsby's perseverance is one of his best qualities, but also the quality that kept him from reality which could have saved his life.

Conclusion

Liar

She's a liar
With a, a heart of stone
Fell in love by some force

Just to make her own
Illusion
Dreamt of a fantasy
Where she held some purpose

But she's too weak

He's a liar
With a, rich man's face
He could blind her with riches
Such a, a foolish goal
Illusion
Dressed in cruel body

I met his lie
And she's a liar too

I am a liar
So they, they should have known
Just a boy for Dakota

I could not accept
Deluded
By her charming air
It her their ignorance
That I made me die


Originally Liar by Lianne La Havas reconstructed for the purpose of this project

The fist stanza on this piece is talking about Daisy who's illusion was meant to give her purpose and when that turns out wrong, to no feel pain by becoming a little fool. The second stanza talks about Tom who wins over Daisy just because of his money. His marriage was an illusion. It held no value because it was fabricated on lies not love. The last stanza talks about Gatsby who was deluded because he sought after a woman, Daisy, who would never completely be his. Practically everyone in the novel is living in some sort of illusion.