Jay Gatsby, the main character of the story, is one character that longs for the past. Surprisingly, he spends most of his adult life trying to recapture it and, finally, dies in this pursuit. In the past, Gatsby had a love affair with the attractive young Daisy. Knowing he could not marry her because of the difference in their social status, he leaves her to gain wealth to reach her standards. Once he acquires wealth, he moves near to Daisy, "Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay (p83)," and throws extravagant parties, hoping by chance she might show up at one of them.
But what if chasing that dream ends up destroying your life? Jay Gatsby, one of the main character of the story, has ambitious ideals and illusions created by his past. He seeks for power and wealth—to reach his old dream and to be worthy of Daisy’s love—not knowing that it blinds him and eventually leads to the path of his destruction. Both Tom and Gatsby are extremely rich. However, there is a clear difference in their wealth.
Jay Gatsby is one character that longs for the past. He devotes most of his adult like trying to recapture it and dies in its search. In Jay's past, he had a love affair with a wealthy woman named, Daisy. Knowing he could not marry her because of the difference in their social position, he leaves her to make his wealth to equal her status. Fitzgerald shows Gatsby using a corrupt form of the American dream to acquire the wealth he thinks he needs to win Daisy.
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.
The problem is that Gatsby can never have Daisy because she is already in a relationship with another man. Gatsby, still wanting Daisy’s love but unwilling to truly pursue it, attempts to fill his life with material wealth and parties and everything but love. Gatsby comes to see social standing and high society as the most important aspects of personality, rather than depth and truth. This leads to his eventual downfall and tragic death as an empty shell of a man. While Jay Gatsby was in World War I, he was in love with Daisy.
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.
In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald instead presents this spirit as a corruption, as the people who purse it fall into the misconduct of money. Corrupt values, greed, and the empty pursuit of pleasure are all parts of the downfall of the American Dream. The idea of an American Dream first started in the Declaration of Independence, as people are “endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights" including "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." The Dream was suppose to be a life of personal happiness and material comfort. However, as money became easy to get and as social values loosened up, the American Dream changed, turning it into an immoral and corrupt passion.
In my opinion, true love or unconditional is a love that does not take races, religions and social class into account. People who are deeply in love tend to do something that is out of their control. They are willing to die and sacrifice their life for the people they love. I believe that The Great Gatsby is a love story because Jay Gatsby has put too much effort in winning Daisy’s heart. He buys a house that cost a lot of money, spends his entire lifetime waiting for Daisy and dies because of Daisy’s mistake.
The guests do not realize that they are only pretending to be happy. At these parti... ... middle of paper ... ...g others. The East Eggers such as the Buchanan's move to a new house far away and does not attend Gatsby's funeral. The West Egger Gatsby has good qualities that sadly cause his death, he takes the blame for killing Myrtle rather than letting Daisy be responsible. In the novel, The Great Gatsby written by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a novel was written in the 1920's and during that time society had no civilized manners, they only cared about money.
The attempt to capture the American Dream is the central of this novel. This dream is different for different people, but in The Great Gatsby, for Jay, the dream is that through wealth and power, one can acquire happiness and to get this happiness, Jay must reach into the past and relive an old dream and in order to do this he must have wealth and power. This can be explained by how Gatsby came to get his fortune. By studying the process of how Gatsby tried to achieve his own so-called American Dream, we could have a better understanding of what American dream is all about, in those down-to-earth Americans' point of view. The characterization of Gatsby is a representative figure among Americans as he devoted his whole life to achieve his dream.