He fulfilled his dreams, but unlike his dreams, Gatsby?s reality was hollow. His money was made illegally and his love for Daisy was based on only that which he could buy. Gatsby?s greatness is not only present in what he dreamt for, but also, he possessed the ability to grasp his dreams and turn them into reality. Gatsby may not be a perfect character, but by living for a purpose, he is able to extract greater meaning from life, making him superior to the other characters in the novel.
Knew when to stop, too... ... middle of paper ... ...er in the book to all the characters in it especially Nick Carraway. Gatsby left a large mark on Nick enough that he will never forget him. “‘They’re a rotten crowd,’ [he] shouted across the lawn. “You’re worth the whole d*** bunch put together.’” (162). Gatsby landed himself the fitting description of someone who is truly great.
Looks are not the only thing in which Daisy feels superior. Money becomes a major factor in the way Daisy feels about herself and others. On page 149 it says “she vanished into her rich house, into her rich, full life, leaving Gatsby-nothing,” -she left Gatsby because he forced her to make a choice. She realized Tom had more money and that she used to love Gatsby, but not anymore. All she wants is the money so she chose Tom so that instead of being define by society based on her personality, she will be judged only by her wealth- another mask.
If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him...This responsiveness had nothing to do with that flabby impressionability which is dignified under the name if the 'creative temperament'--it was an extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness such as I have never found in any other person and which is not likely I shall ever find again. "(6) Nick makes it very clear that he doesn't agree with the way Gatsby makes and uses his money. Although Nick comes from a very wealthy family himself, he was taught to work hard for his money. Nevertheless, he does find himself admiring Gatsby. He values Gatsby's hope, no matter how false it is, that one day he will have a life with the woman whom he loves.
The reason he wishes to relieve the past is because he had a love affair with the rich Daisy Buchanan, who he had, fell deeply in love with. However, he knew they could never get married due to their difference in economic and social statuses. He wants to marry her, but because of this problem he leaves her in order to gain wealth and social status in order to reach her standards. Once he reaches this goal, he buys a house close to her in which he tries to "impress her." Jay thinks money will take care of everything, in which he realizes it doesn’t make life out like it ought to be.
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.
She uses her charm to tether in both Tom and Gatsby whom she uses as she needs. Daisy Buchanan, as lovely as she is, has more negative qualities than positive. She craves attention from both Tom and Gatsby, but she does not love either of them. Her charming voice kept Jay Gatsby longing for her for so many years, but in the end he is disappointed as Daisy choses Tom over him. Tom should not be so satisfied, because there is evidence that Daisy only chose Tom for his wealth and power.
Daisy only wished to pursue wealth and status, which she obtained when she married Tom, she wanted nothing more. Gatsby, still obsessed with reclaiming Daisy, hoped that if he was worth... ... middle of paper ... ...too long with a single dream”(Fitzgerald 161). The desire to want something to too much of an extent is not healthy and will usually result in unwanted consequences. Although many people classify The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald as a love story, it is nothing more than a novel about the desire for wealth creating trouble. Fitzgerald wrote about how people have a natural tendency to desire wealth and status, how wealth and status cannot and will not make one happy, and how the desire for wealth and status can result in undesired consequences.
By the end of this book, Gatsby becomes obsessed with his lust for Daisy. He wanted so much to have her, this she consumed every aspect of his life. He thought that he could turn back the hands of time and make Daisy love him again, but this proved to be simply impossible. Daisy was not willing to risk her social status for love, proving the of money and power was more important to her than love.
This represents a theme in the Great Gatsby that many people believe that money can buy you happiness and love. Many characters in this book try to buy things that they think will make them happy. For Tom it was Myrtle, and for Gatsby it was Daisy. Money only increased their problems, for instead of realizing that the thing they wanted would not satisfy them they continued to push at happiness with money expecting results. At the end of the book the reader comes to realizes that happiness and love is one thing money can’t buy for most people.