Jay Gatsby’s dream consisted of attainable yet temporary goals. He envisioned his life to be composed of materialistic possessions and perceptible riches, such as an expensive car and a large mansion. Though he has always wanted to become rich, Gatsby’s main motivation for acquiring wealth was Daisy. He instantly fell in love with her and her image, and in order to show her that he was good enough for her, he lied about his background and introduced himself as an opulent nouveau riche. Gatsby’s fictional desire for a perfect woman and a wealthy lifestyle stood in the way of the reality of things. As a 17-year-old boy, Gatsby’s dreams were made up of prosperous living. His goal was simple: to become rich and successful. However, Gatsby’s idea of “rich and successful” did not come through hard work. He was so ashamed with his family background that he had decided to make up a completely different identity for himself. Gatsby’s “parents were shiftless and unsuccessful farm people — his imagination had never really accepted them as his parents at all” (98). Thus, Gatsby began to acquire money through bootlegging and illegal activities. Gatsby wanted an “old money” lifestyle, but the idea of “old money” was not inherited or paid off by him unlike by most “old money” people. Gatsby yearned for a life that he had always desired to have instead for a life that would suit him for the person he is. With the idea of becoming rich in his head still cooking, Gatsby then meets Daisy for the first time before leaving to fight in the World War I. Without the feel of wealth at his fingertips, Gatsby decides that Daisy is the woman of his dreams. Though he may have been in love with her, he was not aware of the expectations that Daisy could not live up to. He saw Daisy as luxurious, classy, and elegant, and she was also “the first ‘nice’ girl he had ever known” (148). When Gatsby finally begins to live a high-class lifestyle, he realizes that Daisy looked much more desirable in his imagination compared to actually having her by his side. Daisy only seemed surreal to Gatsby when he did not posses so much wealth. Gatsby also set high expectations for Daisy. When Gatsby challenges Daisy to leave Tom, Daisy simply cannot do that. She has gotten used to living her life like she has always lived it: with Tom. Even if she is not completely happy with Tom, Gatsby asking her for such a change scares her and so she runs off. Gatsby knew that “there must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams - not through her own fault, but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion” (95). Daisy is not as perfect as Gatsby makes her to be; she is too human to meet Gatsby’s expectations. His expectations had simply fallen short of what he had dreamed about Daisy when they were just both teenagers. The way Gatsby pursues getting Daisy does not pay off in the end. He builds a wall to block his true identity from Daisy in order to make her like him. He believed wealth would attract her more to the person that he is, and Daisy did love the persona that Gatsby presented to her. Running back to Daisy after the war with no money would expose Gatsby as a fake. Therefore, Gatsby starts a new life for himself just for the sake of getting back Daisy. In the end, though, Gatsby attains nothing. Daisy decides to stay with Tom…
words can’t express on how my love for you is strong, I can try for ages explaining my love for you but nothing in the world can show you how I feel, and no matter how hard I try to make this letter wonderful, amazing and truly sincere, it would never truly capture my sensitive feelings for you. If I had one wish, my wish would be that we could be together forever till the heavens stop the rain, I’m going to love you till the stars fall from the sky..
. I wish our love can be a bright light shinning…
THE GREAT GATSBY..
In the Great Gatsby the story is narrated in the past tense and seen through the eyes of Mr Nick Carraway.He is a young man from Minnestota, who after serving in World War 1, went on to New York to learn the bond business.
He moves to the West Egg and soon becomes friends with his neighbour, the mysterious Jay Gatsby.
Fitzgerald, the author uses the the settings of the East and West Egg to present the differences in the classes and the demise of the American dream in the 1920’s…
Jay Gatsby | 1.The way Gatsby saw Daisy, he only saw the surface of her character. Molding her into his view of perfection and was over looking her flaws 2. Compulsive acumination of money | 1.Gatsby's love obsession with Daisy drives him to great ends in which to earn her love. The need to impress Daisy enough to marry him drove him to sacrifice a deeper reality for a shallow dream of incredible wealth commonly called the “American Dream” 2.The means in which Gatsby acquired his…
The Nature of Dreams: Gatsby’s Failure
Nick Carraway, whose eyes are the windows into the book, allows his objectivity down to pronounce, “Gatsby turned out all right at the end” (Fitzgerald, 6). This is not taken lightly by Barbara Will, who notes that Gatsby is “a figure marked by failure and shadowed by death throughout most of the novel” and is far from “all right”. As she notes, this idea holds to Fitzgerald’s style if Gatsby is looked at as an embodiment of the American dream. Throughout the…
ceaselessly into the past” (Fitzgerald 180). This final line of The Great Gatsby is the concluding judgment for both Jay Gatsby and the whole novel. The narrator, Nick Carraway, exposes Gatsby’s goal to escape his past as unsuccessful. Fitzgerald expresses how everyone is a little like Gatsby, boats moving up a river, going forward but still feeling the pull of the past. Fitzgerald’s stylistic devices not only express Gatsby’s great “capacity for wonder” but also America as a whole.
1st period, English II
November 26, 2012
Great Gatsby Essay
There are many different types of love presented in The Great Gatsby. Throughout the novel, we never really get a real definition of love. However, it shows that what people believe is love, may actually just be an allusion. Each character in the novel shows a different type of love towards each other. The Great Gatsby is an example of a great love story, but in reality, it is not.
Tom and Daisy have a complicated…
English 11 per. 3
09 March 2015
Gatsby’s American Dream
In the novel,
The Great Gatsby
, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, many archetypes, motifs, and
symbols are used to portray the moral decay in society, not only in the 1920s, but also today.
Characters, weather changes, and a green light are major factors in the story to illustrate the
relationship between Gatsby's American Dream and today’s society depiction of their American
Dream. The 1920s morals are a lot like 2015’s morals…
Broken Dreams and Fallen Themes
In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald employs the use of characters, themes, and symbolism to convey the idea of the American Dream and its corruption through the aspects of wealth, family, and status. In regards to wealth and success, Fitzgerald makes clear the growing corruption of the American Dream by using Gatsby himself as a symbol for the corrupted dream throughout the text. In addition, when portraying the family the characters in Great Gatsby are used to expose…
between love and lust. If love is only a will to possess, it is not love. To love someone is to hold them dear to one's heart. In The Great Gatsby, the characters, Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan are said to be in love, but in reality, this seems to be a misconception. In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald portrays the themes of love, lust and obsession, through the character of Jay Gatsby, who confuses lust and obsession with love. By the end of the novel however, Jay Gatsby is denied his "love" and suffers…