Nick in The Great Gatsby personified the dwindling hope of Americans as they transitioned into the depressing Modernist movement. Prior to the war, Daisy had envisaged a life of happiness with Gatsby, but he did not return from the war soon enough and married Tom instead. Wilson's demeanor after Myrtle's death was delusional, unstable, and almost insane, causing him to think it logical to murder Gatsby. No character in The Great Gatsby possessed a candor personality; all of them lied at one point or another. Gatsby felt that every moment away from Daisy was a tribulation, further driving him to find and marry her.
This lead to him thinking everything was perfect and heading off to war, leaving Daisy behind. When he returned, he still had the same dream that he had once accomplished, but it had become unrealistic because Daisy was married. Gatsby’s dream began to cloud his reality and he didn’t give up on it. Despite it being unreachable, Gatsby’s dream continued to be very important to him, as he felt “that if he had searched harder, he might have found her” (152-153). He didn’t know how to win Daisy over, but that didn’t stop him from trying and searching.
Throughout the novel, Fitzgerald makes the concept of achieving the American dream seem improbable. Gatsby has the American Dream of being successful and wanting to marry the girl of his dreams. However, Fitzgerald argues that The American Dream is a paradox because dreams aren’t supposed to be achieved, and are better off to remain in one’s imagination. For example, Gatsby wants to marry the love of his life, Daisy Buchanan. Sadly Gatsby sets such a high standard for her that she will never be able to live up to.
‘100 $Bill’ and ‘Young and Beautiful’ both spoke for Gatsby strongly as they were played in a manner to present him in separate lights and represented both his hopes and his fears. His disregard for riches is easily expressed in the song 100 $ Bill as he pays no attention to the amount he spends in the secret bar or on his extravagant parties, it also shows how he takes business as a pastime not a necessity. However the song Young and Beautiful, brings up how he wants Daisy to love him even when he doesn’t have the riches anymore, which is both a hope and a fear as he is unsure of how far she will allow their ‘affair’ to go. The song also brings up bringing her love to heaven with her, which can be said for Gatsby but does Daisy really want to go with him. He seems to bypasses her wants there as well as in the confessing of who Daisy really loves and we never see him ask her.
The main character, Jay Gatsby, does not project the same kind of greediness. He is the ideal in the view of the American dream, except from the fact that he does not have a family. He does not care for the wealth that he has built up as it is just a tool for him to get Daisy. The way that he is greedy is how much he wants Daisy. He cannot simply settle for having Daisy, he need her to say that she never even loved Tom, much like greediness in money means you want more and once you get it you want even more.
Last but not least Gatsby’s parties symbolize how artificial wealth is, the people who attend Gatsby parties think that he is leaving this life where he is above of everyone else that around him and he cannot be touched. One also sees that the people attending these parties think Gatsby is living the American Dream. This is not true because one sees that Gatsby greed has gotten him nowhere. Last but not least Gatsby greed gets him in the grave. Although Gatsby and Daisy had a history, he cannot come in five years later and think he can win her back from another man.
Myrtle is not just unsatisfied with Wilson but it is also the life that he can’t provide for her. Myrtle wants desperately to live the life that Daisy lives with the big house, the elegant dresses, and the money but she can’t because her husband can’t provide that for her, and that is the reason Myrtle decides to have an affair with Tom because she gets to live another life with him that she is in love with. We often hear about Tom and his multiple affairs throughout the book, but are slightly unclear to the reason he cheats on Daisy or why he is unsatisfied. In chapter 2 during the party at the apartment with Myrtle, Nick is told by Myrtle’s sister, Catherine, that “Neither of them (Tom or Myrtle) could stand the person they are married to” (Fitzgerald, 33) In chapter 7 during the Mason 2 confrontation between Gatsby and Tom we hear Tom say “The trouble is sometimes she gets foolish ideas in her head and doesn’t know what she’s doing.” (Fitzgerald, 131) and that may be the reason he doesn’t always enjoy their relationship, because he doesn’t always agree with her and her
But how could that be if we look at all that he has done with the money that he earned and worked hard for. He throws parties for Daisy and then stopped them because she didn't like them anymore and when he made all of his money he only had plans to use it to make sure that she would always be
Why of course you can!” This passage shows how strongly Gatsby lusts for the idea that he can repeat the time in which Daisy only ever loved him and she did not have a family of her own. This shows how illogically Gatsby’s obsession with Daisy has made him think. “‘I’m going to fix everything just the way it was before,’ he said, nodding determinedly. ‘She’ll see.’” (The Great Gatsby page 110) Through this quote in the book, readers can see that Gatsby sincerely believes that he can repeat the past. His longing for repeating the past has taken over his logical way of thinking giving him the idea that repeating the past is possible.
She uses it to get what she wants which is why she tricks the reader sto think that she’s still in love with him when in reality it’s he’s money, like how she cried into Gatsby’s beautiful shirts (Fitzgerald 92). Also since Tom is always running off with another girl each night, Daisy may feel alone and in need for attention which is why she keeps sending mixed signals to Jay Gatsby in the novel. Since Daisy never admitted to Tom at the hotel about never loving him, this shows Daisy’s true colors, but Gatsby was already too deep to realize the mistakes he was making. So, that is why Daisy never attended Jay’s funeral because her true colors bursted, was afraid to ruin her reputation, and Gatsby gone means no more