Creative Titles For Great Gatsby Essays

This is a very fun, creative question. Given the fact that there are some highly quotable (and somewhat pithy) moments in the text of the novel, I'd suggest that we might look for quotations from The Great Gatsby itself for a title idea or two.

Here is a passage from early on in the text, pulled from the eNotes page of quotes from Gatsby:

"If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there...

This is a very fun, creative question. Given the fact that there are some highly quotable (and somewhat pithy) moments in the text of the novel, I'd suggest that we might look for quotations from The Great Gatsby itself for a title idea or two.

Here is a passage from early on in the text, pulled from the eNotes page of quotes from Gatsby:

"If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him, some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life.… [Gatsby had] an extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness such as I have never found in any other person and which it is not likely I shall ever find again."

From this extended quote, we might take the phrase "An Unbroken Series of Gestures" as a potential title for an essay on Gatsby's ill-fated quest to recapture the past. Alternatively, we could isolate the phrase "An Extraordinary Gift for Hope" as a title on the same subject. 

Each of these phrases resonates with (1) the notion that Jay Gatsby is dedicated to a romantic and, arguably, highly unrealistic view of reality and (2) that Gatsby's greatest flaw was also his greatest virtue - the ability to dream. 

This vision of Gatsby is repeated in several places in the novel and given a clear rendition when Nick confronts Gatsby on the subject of his quest.

“You can’t repeat the past.”

“Can’t repeat the past?” he cried incredulously. “Why of course you can!”

Using "Can't repeat the past?" as a title, your essay might start at the very beginning by using Gatsby's own words to describe his impossible aims. Gatsby is "The American Dreamer" dreaming the American dream, as is often pointed out in discussion of Fitzgerald's novel. So, using the idea of dreams and dreaming might also be a good way to go for the title of an essay on Jay Gatsby's romantic, idealistic and ill-fated quest.

Gatsby s Greatness

There is much controversy on why F. Scott Fitzgerald chose his masterpiece to be title The Great Gatsby. Fitzgerald chose The Great Gatsby as the title to show the duality of how the central character of Jay Gatsby is great in trying determinedly to achieve his goal of Daisy, but how his greatness brings about his own downfall.

Gatsby is, at first glance, truly great, for he pursues his dream of Daisy relentlessly. Jordan Baker, in a conversation with Nick Carraway, lets him know that Gatsby wanted to let Daisy know how rich and powerful was; how he [wanted] her to see his house, which is extravagant. Gatsby wants to impress Daisy with his newfound wealth in order to bring her back to him. Gatsby is also highly optimistic about achieving his goal, and thinks that he is going to fix everything just the way it was before. Gatsby does not want to lose sight of his dream through petty pessimism. Gatsby also has unending loyalty to his goal of pursuing Daisy. When Daisy strikes and hits Myrtle with Gatsby s car, Gatsby takes the blame for it. He believes that lying for her will help him in his quest to get Daisy to love him. Gatsby is great in his unyielding pursuit for Daisy.

Ultimately, however, Gatsby can only be considered great in a sarcastic tone, for the way in which he pursues his noble goal brings results in some one getting hurt. His great optimism that everything will be just the way it was delays and intensifies the effects of the inevitable fact that his encounter with Daisy was nothing but a presumptuous little flirtation to Tom, which Daisy tacitly agrees with. Gatsby also has acquired his great wealth from bootlegging the sale of illegal liquor. Liquor ends up most of the time in helping people such as the ones at the one of the many huge parties get hurt, such as the time in which Tom breaks Myrtle s nose. By helping the distribution of liquor, Gatsby is hurting people, though he cannot see it. Lastly, Gatsby s unending loyalty in taking the blame for Daisy when she kills Myrtle ends up getting Gatsby himself hurt. When Wilson finds out the so-called truth of the car accident, he quickly speeds over to Gatsby s house and kills the man. Gatsby s noble quest results in many people becoming hurt.

By choosing the title of The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald chose to highlight Gatsby s greatness, which underneath the surface, is not truly great at all.

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