The Design of Jay Gatsby

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Gatsby Final Essay

“’Her voice is full of money,’ He said suddenly.” (120)
The Design of Jay Gatsby

If you were to ask someone about the character Jay Gatsby in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby, they will probably describe him similarly to the fashion that the book’s narrator Nick does. He is perceived as a kind, generous, and down to earth man amongst the cutthroat wealthy elite. They may criticize Daisy portraying her as being the cruel temptress who brought him to his doom, or they might see Gatsby and Daisy’s love as immortal comparing the two to Romeo and Juliet. Gatsby on the other hand you will rarely ever hear being demonized. He is seen as mysterious, sad, romantic, and strange, but never overbearing or sexist. He is far from the worst character in the novel and may still be the most generous one in spite of his ambition tainted love, but he shouldn’t be impervious to critique since his mindset is widely prevalent in society and quite harmful if not checked. Through the chosen quote, Fitzgerald reveals the inherent materialism of Gatsby’s love for Daisy, illustrating the dehumanizing effect of female objectification by men. When all five main characters swarm frenetically around Tom’s house then decide to go to town in a desperate attempt to break the unspoken stalemate between Daisy’s husband and lover, Nick postulates that her husband Tom already knows about the affair because Daisy has “got an indiscreet voice,… full of” (120) something to which Gatsby responds “Her voice is full of money.” (120) The exchange is brief and Nick quickly covers up the response by going into detail about the beauty of ancient treasure and pirate’s gold but the line and its delivery shows that Gatsby is perpetuating the objectification of women even while he is simultaneously lauded by Nick for his…...

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