The Great Gatsby

Can you find echoes of Emerson’s “Self-Reliance” - in James Gatz’s portrait transformation into Jay Gatsby?


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Gatsby decided he would surpass Dan Cody in wealth. On their subsequent voyages to the West Indies and the Barbary Coast, Gatsby became even more passionately covetous of wealth and privilege. When Cody died, Gatsby inherited $25,000; he was unable to claim it, however, due to the malicious intervention of Cody's mistress, Ella Kaye. Afterward, Gatsby vowed to become a success in his own right. Gatsby would not use anybody's money: he would become wealthy on his own terms.