Ambition: A Confusing Road Essay

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The style in which characters in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby conduct their relationships shows how ambition and lack of it causes destruction.
Tom Buchanan and Jay Gatsby represent opposite ends of the spectrum of ambition towards reaching their goals of a disreputable relationship in The Great Gatsby. Chapter Two introduces the laid back approach Tom takes towards his rumored mistress: “His acquaintances resented the fact that he turned up in popular restaurants with her and, leaving her at a table, sauntered about, chatting with whomsoever he knew” (Fitzgerald 24). In this passage, words like “sauntered” provide an image of Tom as an airy, careless man who doesn’t take ...view middle of the document...

Tom and Gatsby’s ways of dealing with obstacles shows how different ranks of ambition provoke varied responses to stimuli. Fitzgerald provides an example of an ambition packed approach: “Jimmy was bound to get ahead. He always had some resolves like this or something. Do you notice what he’s got about improving his mind? He was always great for that. He told me I et like a Hog once, and I beat him for it” (Fitzgerald 173). Even before Daisy, and at the start of his life, Gatsby’s personality is an unstoppable one. His father’s description of his constant need for more is that he “always had some resolves”. This proves to show that Gatsby looks forward and comes up with a plan of action to address what he would like to acquire. The mini anecdote Mr. Gatz supplies about gatsby’s comment on eating habits is a prime example of Gatsby’s stubbornness to say what needs to be said and address problems head on. As for Tom Buchanan and even Daisy, Fitzgerald describes their way of dealing with inconveniences in the final chapter of the book: “She and Tom had gone away early that afternoon, and taken baggage with them” (Fitzgerald 164). The succinctness of this sentence stands for the simplicity and ease with which Tom and Daisy can adapt to situations. The fact that this statement changes an entire lifestyle for Tom and daisy but is expressed so unceremoniously represents their personality. Nothing is worth the struggle for them, and they take the easy route out, leaving all the worry and struggles behind for others to worry about and wonder at. The words “that afternoon” is imperative in expressing the spontaneous responses that Daisy and Tom decide to act on. While Gatsby spent years planning...

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