The greatness of a being is not to be determined by themselves, but by others who experience their greatness through actions and words. The greatness of Jay Gatsby was evident to others in F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby. The novel tells a tale of upper-class members of society, of which Gatsby is, and their flaws in their character. This tightly woven tale of love and the American dream all ends poorly for most, all of whom have major flaws in their nature. The greatness of Gatsby might have been questioned by many, but his greatness was evident, especially to Daisy Buchanan, the one he truly loves, to others throughout the novel. Gatsby's greatness emits from the tremendousness of the parties he holds, the immensity of his dreams, in the grandeur and size of his language, but mainly, the deep love he has for Daisy.
The immense size of the parties that Gatsby regularly throws and all the fanatical activities that occur during these parties help lead to the greatness of Gatsby. Gatsby regularly held parties, almost every weekend, that were not simple, inexpensive parties. The parties that Gatsby throws are full of people not invited dancing the night away and drinking excessively. The parties are basically three-ring circuses in Gatsby's own backyard. His parties draw much attention throughout the novel, but it is attention from the wrong crowd. He throws these parties to hopefully see Daisy again and fall back in love with her. According to Jeffery Steinbrink, "Gatsby's dream obscures his vision of the world as it is and clouds his understanding of the historical process. " At one point in chapter three, Nick Carraway has to tell Gatsby that he cannot change or repeat the past " the past is the way it is and there is nothing he can do about it. Gatsby does not realize this, and he also does not realize that the people that come to his immense parties would not attract the attention of Daisy.