What is later revealed is that Gatsby’s wealth and luxurious lifestyle is all in the name of getting Daisy, Tom Buchanan’s wife, to fall in love with him. But in the end, even with all his money and power, Gatsby is not able to get the girl. What this brings to light is, was Gatsby’s money truly worth anything? “I love her and that 's the beginning and end of everything” (The Great Gatsby, Chapter ) This quote from Jay Gatsby shows that his entire life is centered around Daisy. That his only motive for the things that he does, for the massive parties that he throughs, for working to become incredibly wealthy, is to have Daisy fall in love with him.
Jay is successful in the meaning that he is very rich and has everything most of the people in the novel would want. This is not what Jay is striving for though. Jay doesn’t care about the money, cars, and enormous house he has. Love is Jay’s goal, he worked for all the wealth and popularity to get to the love of his life, Daisy. Daisy is a woman that Jay had a love affair with when he was younger, but he could never have her because he was not in her social class.
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.
Wealth is the key to a happy life along with love, however, love alone cannot provide happiness in marriage. Despite having loved Gatsby, Daisy has ended their relationship because Gatsby cannot provide her luxurious gifts, like the pearls that Tom bought her. After five years, Gatsby and Daisy have met and he has been changing his life in order to please her. Gatsby used Daisy as a motivation to become the man he is now, a prosperous man. We can see this in his house.
He felt that with money came many other advantages to life. Gatsby’s main reason to change his life and become rich was to get his old love Daisy back. When James Gatz first met Daisy he was poor and he was not good enough because he was a lower class than her. He always knew that as long as he’s poor he should forget about her, because there was no chance of them being together. He says “I was poor”, he had no money and he knew that Daisy won’t wait for him for too long, as he states “She never loved you, do you hear?” “She only married you because I was poor and she was tired of waiting for me.
As a result, Gatsby’s dream is hindered by his social standing, and he still cannot win back Daisy later even when he does have large sums of money. When Daisy first falls in love with Gatsby, she is drawn to him because “he let her believe that he was a person from much the same stratum as herself… [but] he had no comfortable family standing behind him, and he was liable at the whim of an impersonal government to be blown anywhere about the world” (149). Whereas Tom is reliable because of his wealth and family, Gatsby is forced to work to meet Daisy’s expectations of a secure, dependable man. These underlying differences in social class prove to be an obstacle to Gatsby and Daisy’s relationship, ultimately preventing Gatsby from
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).
However as optimistic as it was, Gatsby was ignorant to the truths hovering around him. Although Gatsby’s intentions were good many times he became confused in what he really wished for. Gatsby believed that if he overcame the poverty of his early life and became someone new he would be able to capture the heart of his beloved Daisy, a woman whose materialistic outlook on life led Gatsby to extremities. Gatsby threw around large amounts of money as if it was nothing in an attempt to win over the heart of his beloved Daisy. He even threw incredibly lavish parties in hope that Daisy would attend one giving him t... ... middle of paper ... ...kest way possible.
The pure love, which was the main driving force to get rich, makes him to choose between morals and selfishness. Firstly, Gatsby tries to return the love of his life by all means despite the fact that she is married and has a child. The affair with married woman does not make him feel guilty because the pursuit of money made him stale enough not to think about high morals. He tries to impress her with wealth rather than his own personal features (Fitzgerald 92). It characterizes him as a person with illegibility in methods to achieve the goal.
He started out with nothing and worked his way up by creating a fake life, even the woman he loved most did not know of his past. The woman, Daisy, he loved most was not even in Gatsby’s life, but in the life of another man. Gatsby worked and strived to get everything he had for a married woman who did not even love him. Though Gatsby thought he loved Daisy he only loved the idea of her. Someone who he had a few wonderful moments with, someone who he could see his life spent with.