In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s American masterpiece, The Great Gatsby, the main character Jay Gatsby attempts to rekindle his long lost romantic relationship by flaunting his new found wealth and success. Furthermore, he declines from his deliberately crafted image of glory to his exposed, gruesome, and lonely death. The story of the novel is really the collapse of Gatsby’s image, and the various ways in which the true Jay Gatz is uncovered.
All through the novel, Jay Gatsby justified the type of character he is, through his lies. He acts out to be a man who has it all but the only thing he is missing from his life is love. The only key to his happiness is love and without he was lost. So Gatsby goes all out to get love even if it means lying.
Gatsby revealed his first sweetheart, the love of his life; Daisy, who on the other hand is in love with another man named Tom; her husband. However, Tom is having an affair with another woman named Myrtle Wilson, Daisy aware of her husband’s unfaithfulness seeked revenge at Tom by returning the favor of cheating back with Gatsby. The love web involved becomes so twisted, both Gatsby and Myrtle end up losing their lives.
Gatsby’s love for Daisy causes him to make false statements about how he got his money. Furthermore, He tells two different stories about how he got all his money. For instance he says all his money was inherited by a wealthy man that came that came to be his good friend and he also received his inheritance from his parents who died and he was all alone. Every lie was to impress the people of the upper-class so they can see how cool he is. His lies were even brought forth to indicate to the reader the reason for his lying was to with the love Daisy.
However the truth is, as indicated, Gatsby’s dream was to become part of the upper-class, the wealthy class. He believed that joining this class would make him a better person. He rejected his parents because they were “unsuccessful” and their goals in life were much lower than what he wanted to reach. Gatsby assumed he could achieve his goal by marrying a member of it, so he set his goals on Daisy Buchanan, a member of a higher class. Daisy met Gatsby when he was a soldier; she was always someone special in Gatsby’s eyes because of her status. However his status wasn’t up to par to match hers and after World War I, Gatsby used all his might to reach it.
During the time Gatsby and Daisy were apart, he worked and attained the American Dream wealth and success. After achieving it, he moved to Long Island and took up residence across the bay from Daisy in hope that Daisy will become attracted and love him because of his wealth. His plan became somewhat successful when Daisy rekindled her love for Gatsby at Nicks house. “They had forgotten me, but Daisy glanced up and held out her hand; Gatsby didn’t know me now at all. I looked once more at them and they looked back at me, remotely, possessed by intense life.” However, Tom blew it when he exposed Gatsby of his lies to Nick and Daisy, making her fall out of love. The best part of the novel was when in this scene because it so intense and