The Great Gatsby is a brilliant text by Scott Fitzgerald narrating the terrible life of Jay Gatsby, an atortured character with a false identity in the novel. This false identity is meant to win a woman he formerly loved in the past as this paper will demonstrate.
Jay Gatsby’s failure to overcome his past leading to the falsification of his identity is based mainly on love. He is obsessed over Daisy Buchanan and this complicates matters because he cannot lead a normal lifestyle. This abnormality causes the former soldier to amass unnecessary wealth at the expense of establishing his distinct personality. According to Nick Carraway, the narrator in the movie, Gatsby is attempting the impossible. He notes “When I looked once more for Gatsby he had vanished, and I was alone again in the unquiet darkness (Fitzgerald 18).” This instance displays the immense confusion afflicting the main character.
Another reason for Jay Gatsby to outgrow his obsession over Daisy is the lack of an alternative life. He does not have a remarkable background that can help him to transition into a life beyond the woman he used to love. Consequently, this compels him to base all his successes and glories on Daisy who now has a new partner (Fitzgerald 34). The urge to increase his glories equally trick him into developing a fake identity.
It, therefore, is essential for the reader to acknowledge how the past influences Gatsby’s overall decisions in life. This is because the foundation of his love is guided by his past false identity.
Fitzgerald, Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York, NY: SAGE. 2009. Print.