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There is, however, another highly speculative theory that has been bandied about. In the novel, Gatsby winds up taking the heat for Daisy in what amounts to the ultimate sacrifice. If Daisy represents humanity, Gatsby can be said to have died for her and her sins (literally and figuratively).
Which of course would make him Jesus. Adding fuel to the Gatsby-as-Jesus theory, his chosen name could be written as “J. Gatsby,” which by merely changing the “t” into a “d” (especially simple to do if you have a Yiddish accent) could easily be read as “J, Gad’s By,” — not too far a stretch from “Jesus, God’s Boy.”
Of course, if Gatsby is Jesus, then the title character would indeed be Jewish. And once again, a Jew in a movie would be played by an Italian.
Seth Rogovoy has revealed the hidden Jewish stories of Alfred Hitchcock, James Bond, David Bowie and “The Hobbit” in these pages.