The childhood innocence and imagination James Gatz uses to create his false identity causes an over idealization of the past. As time passes, he adds more expectations until it becomes a “colossal vitality of his illusion” and th... ... middle of paper ... ...aller version of the lake: a miniature embodiment of his pursuit of the past as James Gatz. Gatsby avoids the reality of living in isolation by feeding off the romantic love with Daisy from his dreams. Gatsby never has a genuine relationship which is a consequence of pursuing the American Dream and also a reason the Lost Generation stopped believing in false hopes. Gatsby represents the many reasons the Lost Generation gave up on America’s past of hope and dreams and began to find self-fulfillment in the present.
The love he retains for his wife Myrtle Wilson influences his dream of making her pleased with money and moving out West. Similar to Gatsby, he fails at achieving his dream despite his great efforts; thus, his failure represents the impossibility of achieving the American Dream. Moreover, Tom Buchanan has wealth and status living in East Egg. He already achieves an American Dream of status and wealth, the certain desires that Gatsby and Wilson focus on; however, he lacks contentment in his marriage, so he cannot achieve his American Dream of finding happiness in a relationship. The characters portray much dissimilarity with their characteristics, and Fitzgerald utilizes their features to relate each of them to a different aspect of the American Dream that focuses on the pursuit of happiness; however, he uses the characters’ ultimate discontent and failure to attain their dreams to convey the inability of achieving the American Dream.
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. His love for Daisy was impossible in society because "he was at present a penniless young man without a past?he had no comfortable family standing behind him" (156). Gatsby encounters his dream of love at this point of his life. He knew that at that time a relationship of love was impossible with Daisy due to his low social standing. Gatsby became determined to breach that gap between them in order to have a loving relationship with Daisy.
Often those who rank in the lower classes usually feel that their problems will be resolved if they gain enough wealth to reach the upper class. This then offers a false connotation that the American Dream is this passage into to high social status and upon reaching that level, you are then able to abandon all economic worries. However, the American Dream involves more than acquiring wealth and a high social status. The dream involves attaining a balance between the spiritual strength and the physical strength of an individual. In the end of this book Jay GatsbyÕs ultimate goal to have Daisy love him never comes to fruition solely because he chooses to pursue his dream by engaging in a lifestyle of high class.
Similarly in A Streetcar Named Desire on... ... middle of paper ... ...hey needed to be happy was love. They both went at attaining love in similar and different ways. In the end though Gatsby was able to realize that he would not be with Daisy and he accepted reality, but Blanche was still left trying to live in a fantasy. They would never get their first true loves, and due to that they both lost a great amount. Gatsby lost the ultimate; he lost his life because of Daisy.
Gatsby’s fighting for Daisy made him lose everything that he had gained for himself. In the end, Gatsby’s optimism and hope for a life with Daisy ends up killing him. F. Scott Fitzgerald delivers in his book, The Great Gatsby, a great description of the setting and his thoughts and emotions to readers in using ideas that people can relate to in this day and age. The development of the characters helps establish why The Great Gatsby is considered “good
The references that Gatsby constantly makes to taking back the past makes us think about the obsession he has with the idea of previous times. If Gatsby is so caught up with his life before and everything and everyone in it, how could he possibly loving ... ... middle of paper ... ...ough for him. He would always love Daisy the way he did from the beginning, but things were not the same for her. Gatsby’s love life has become surrounded by ideas from the past. No longer is he able to fall in love with the moment, but instead he is held up on what have and should have been.
. “Gatsby’s sole pleasure lies in trying to win back Daisy in order to fulfill his dream of evoking the same deep feelings he had experienced five years earlier.” (“Desire in The Great Gatsby”) When Daisy and Gatsby got together one day, “there must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams- not through her fault, but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion” (Fitzgerald 95). His standards are impossible for Daisy or anyone to reach. He thinks she will be some perfect person and will exceed all his dreams, but that is not possible. She has no idea he has created this image of her, so she can’t even try to live up to his expectation.
A romantic hero never lies beca... ... middle of paper ... ...ces throughout the novel demonstrate how he is not as innocent or quiet as readers think. In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald portrays Gatsby as not being a Romantic hero due to Gatsby`s attempts in faking his identity, his selfish acts and desperation for Daisy`s love and his fixation with wealth, proving that love is nothing like obsession. Gatsby does not understand love; instead he views Daisy as another goal in his life because he is obsessed with her and is willing to do anything to buy her love. Obsession and love are two different things: love is something that sticks with a person till his or her death, while obsession can cause a person to change his or her mind after reaching their goals. Thus Gatsby`s story teaches people that a true relationship can only be attained when there is pure love between both people, untainted by materialism and superficiality.
Jay Gatsby has a dream. His romantic dream is not only “naïve, gaudy, and unattainable,” but also leads to his demise (Ornstein 34). Initially, F. Scott Fitzgerald portrays Gatsby’s dream of recapturing Daisy’s love as attainable and probable, however he later reveals that Gatsby’s dream will, in reality, not be realized. As the novel progresses, Fitzgerald reveals how consumed Gatsby really is when it comes to reviving his relationship