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The worth we place on something can be quantified by the extent of sacrifices we willingly take in order to pursue the objective of our desire. And thus, those sacrifices define overall our lives values, whether honorable or shallow in the end. A man may even willingly sacrifice his integrity, honor, and virtues in pursuit of his goals as in the case of Jay Gatsby, the protagonist from the literature work, The Great Gatsby. In his zeal to win back his lady love, he willingly took part in various criminal activities to amass great wealth, with the hope that the great wealth he gained through illegal means will finally make him worthy to possess Daisy Buchanan’s love. He told many lies about his background, creating the illusion that he was born into a rich family, instead of telling of the truth that he came from a farmer’s family. But, he soon realizes that his dream will never be obtained. At the suite in the Plaza Hotel, after Daisy claims she loves both him and Tom Gatsby comprehends that everything he has lived for was gone. Not only did Daisy deny him, but Gatsby realizes that she is an illusion. Gatsby, although betrayed by Daisy, as an expression of his love for her, was willing to take the blame for Daisy’s ultimate sin, the killing of Myrtle. Consequently, Gatsby demonstrates the deep love he still feels for her and illustrates the basic nobility that defines his character. Disregarding her almost capricious lack of concern for him, Gatsby sacrifices himself for Daisy. The image of a pitiable Gatsby keeping watch outside her house while she and Tom sit comfortably within is an indelible image that both allows the reader to look past Gatsby’s criminality and functions as a moving metaphor for the love Gatsby feels toward Daisy.

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