Even five years later, when Daisy is already married, Jay reveals his obsession with her: "Look at this," said Gatsby quickly. "Here’s a lot of clippings -about you” (93). This quickly shows the reader that even though he was separated from Daisy by distance, he can never separate her from his heart. However, even if Daisy did truly love him, it could never be a realistic relationship as Gatsby finds out for himself. “Afterward he kept looking at the child with surprise.
He met Daisy in Louisville and he instantly fell in love with her, but he has to leave for war. She promised him she would wait for him, but during that course of time she married Tom Buchanan. This situation happened exactly to Fitzgerald because he once was very poor, but he became rich and the same situation also happened to him about finding the girl of his dreams. Gatsby tells Nick, “‘Can’t repeat the past?’ He cried incredulously. ‘Why of course you can!’” (110).
This love is the same love that Fitzgerald had with His wife Zelda when they first met. Both Gatsby and Fitzgerald had to leave for war, departing from their lovers. and both Daisy and Zelda promised to wait for them to return. Both Daisy and Zelda are seen as gold-diggers, also known as women, whom go after men with money and power. Daisy promised to wait for Gatsby, but when she saw the opportunity to go and marry a young man with unlimited amounts of wealth she jumps at the chance almost compared to Zelda, his own wife broke off their first engagement because Fitzgerald did not have money at this time of his life.
While away from Daisy, he tries very hard to reach the American dream and be at the same social class with Daisy as there is no marriage between rich and poor people in the year back then. Jay Gatsby does everything that can impress and win Daisy’s heart back when they meet each other. He spends his lifetime waiting for Daisy, buys a house that is located across Daisy’s house and wills to die for his love towards Daisy. I believe that, The Great Gatsby is a tragic love story because Nick tells the reader that Jay Gatsby sacrifices everything including his own life just to show how deep Gatsby’s love towards Daisy. True love in the novel can be seen when Jay Gatsby spends most of his lifetime waiting for Daisy where in fact he can have a lots of women as he is still young.
Fitzgerald indicates the defect of the American dream being obsessed with wealth. The American dream can be approached in many directions and ways to define it. The main definition and idea for this theory is success. Through Fitzgerald’s novel the concept of the American dream and to become successful is mostly seen to obtain all the wealth and being in a high economic status. We see this through the lives of George Wilson, Myrtle Wilson, Jay Gatsby, and Nick Carraway, however they all result in corruption and eventually to a misery life.
Daisy Buchanon was always mesmerized by wealth. Her dream is to have a luxurious lifestyle filled splendor. Before the events of the novel, she could not see Gatsby providing this lifestyle for her. Before Gatsby went to war, she promised him that she would wait for him to come back and they would get married. Instead, she met Tom and married him, not for his personality, she married him for his money.
Daisy and Jay had fallen in love with each other in spite of knowing that they could not marry because of the difference in their social status. For the first time in Jay?s life he was truly happy. During their courtship, Jay was sent off to war. Upon returning from the war, Jay found out that Daisy had married a wealthy man by the name of Tom Buchannon. Jay then spends his life acquiring wealth to reach her economic standards, in hope that he can marry her and rekindle the happiness that he once had.
We find out later that his dream was actually Daisy, who he met before the war and lost her to Tom because of his lack of social and monetary status. He resolved to win her back by making something of himself. He made his fortune by doing illegal acts but reaches his goal and goes after his dream of reuniting with
Despite Gatsby’s fancy house and glamorous parties, he is missing a crucial part of his American dream: Daisy. While Gatsby was fighting in the war, his one true love, Daisy, married Tom, who was wealthy, so Gatsby figured that in order to win Daisy back, he needed to have money so he could provide her everything she wanted. Nick explains, “He hadn 't once ceased looking at Daisy, and I think he revalued everything in his house according to the measure of response it drew from her well-loved eyes. Sometimes, too, he stared around at his possessions in a dazed way, as though in her actual and astounding presence none of it was any longer real. Once he nearly toppled down a flight of stairs” (Fitzgerald 91).
Gatsby had been working for so long to make Daisy his, that somewhere along the way his love turned to obsession. His Dream is not the pure thing it started out to be. His first step in fulfilling it was to become wealthy, which he did through corrupt means. He was filled with hope that once Daisy saw his wealth and how much he still loved her, that she would leave her husband Tom and come be with him. He even “bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay” (Fitzgerald 83).