The Latest Modern Adaption of Scott Fitzgerald’s literature. The Great Gatsby
Does Gatsby, in his yearning for something unattainable, reach higher than the sordid world around him? Is his“incorruptible” quest something that is really praiseworthy in a world that is morally bankrupt.
Gatsby reaches for the dream; his yearning for the unattainable is reflected in his chase for Daisy, who remains out of Gatsby’s reach. His efforts all culminate in his ultimate goal to possess Daisy; he will not be swayed or corrupted in his mission. Yet this may not be exactly what Gatsby truly wants and he doesn’t even know it, he strives to win Daisy’s affections based upon the love she showed for him when they were young. This reader is inclined to think that Gatsby reaches for the emotions he feels with Daisy, not the person herself. After all he is blind to all her misgivings, her materialism and her disillusion due to her bad marriage. He may be incorruptible in his quest however is this really praiseworthy? At the core Gatsby’s actions are also morally corrupt, even if his quest may be incorruptible. He courts a married woman, albeit unhappily; and his own riches, which are used to pursue his long lost love, are revealed to be results from shady connections and illegal dealings. Nick often likes to point out that Gatsby was a great man, imagine his life if he weren’t so narrowly focused toward his intentions to spirit away Daisy, the greatness he would have achieved. Perhaps this behaviour isn’t as praiseworthy as once thought, of course romanticised by the idea what Gatsby and Daisy could be is a distracting thought from the truths of the tale. Gatsby’s flagrant disregard for moral or governing rules to pursue something pure is a mix of both positive and negative, his ultimate goal is praiseworthy if indeed he craves the emotion felt when with Daisy but his means and plans are not, he’s just short of Tom Buchanan’s character who is completely villainous. But what little separates the two men; superficially, both have money be it old or new, both chase married women and both strive to achieve. The deeper difference is in the emotions of the characters; Tom treats emotional connection with disdain, seen in his treatment of Daisy. However Gatsby covets it and again this reflects in his own respective treatment of Daisy, this and Tom escapes with Daisy whilst Jay is destroyed. Only if Gatsby’s quest is for the feeling that Daisy can give him then his ends are praiseworthy, he is not however “incorruptible”.