A Look Into The Mind Essay example
Jay Gatsby is a mysterious character that no one really knows much about in the middle of the book, including Nick. As the book goes on, Nick learns more about Gatsby and his story evolves throughout the book. Certain passages are the most telling about Gatsby and the passage in Chapter 6 when Nick and Gatsby are talking to each other about Daisy reveals a lot.
By juxtaposing Gatsby’s dreams with the hard reality, Nick reveals that Gatsby is delusional by his desire to completely erase the past four years and is mentally weak.
When Gatsby speaks passionately about his dreams for Daisy and him, he carefully chooses his words and it reveals a lot about what is going on in his head. In the first sentence, Gatsby is talking about what he wants daisy to do with Tom, “He wanted nothing less of Daisy than that she should go to Tom and say: ‘I never loved you.’” Gatsby says ‘nothing less’ when he lays out that he wants Daisy to tell Tom she never loved him. There is literally no other option for him and he will not accept anything short of it. He wants everything to be perfect, or at least what he sees as perfect. In the next line, his word choice exposes what he really thinks of Daisy’s marriage and happiness for the past four years: “After she had obliterated four years...”. He just doesn’t want Daisy to end the marriage, Gatsby wants her to obliterate it. The definition of obliterate is to destroy utterly, and is a very violent word…