Excessive drinking, spending, and partying consumed them. To understand this book, you must first understand the characters. The title character of The Great Gatsby is a young man named Jay Gatsby. Gatsby despised poverty. He always wanted to be rich, his main motivation was his love for Daisy Buchanan.
Gatsby would do anything for Daisy. This is supported by Nick’s observation, "For him [Gatsby], the money was a tool, not an end. Even a mansion means nothing to him without the love of Daisy" (Nagel 116). Gatsby cared so much about Daisy that he was willing to take the blame for killing Myrtle, even though it was Daisy’s fault. He also stayed in New York, to make sure that Tom would not hurt Daisy.
The essence of his whole dream was to marry Daisy and it is all which he has worked towards for years. The time during which Gatsby and all the old money people in the novel go out for the summer is when everything starts to go wrong for Gatsby. During the excursion Gatsby gets into an altercation with Tom over Daisy and his past is unveiled for what it really is. Tom reveals the secret that Gatsby has hidden from Daisy: him being a mobster. Daisy knows the shame that would bring her family and it is obvious to everyone there that she cannot be associated with him romantically.
When meeting her again for the first time in five years, Gatsby purchases an absurd amount of flowers and even pays extra money to trim Nick’s part of the grass in the hopes of impressing Daisy on her return back. This act really shows the outlandish efforts he puts in to try and win Daisy back. Daisy is obviously overwhelmed when she sees the landscaping Gatsby purchases. In the movie, this scene has a lot more details to it and the viewer really sees how Daisy is feeling. For example, the scene really shows how much Gatsby went out of his way to get as many flowers as he can fit in Nick’s house.
Throughout the book Gatsby uses his actions and events that happened in the past to either bring it back or move on from it. His love for Daisy started in the past, and it is so strong that he wants to bring back what they had and not leave it. Nick takes us through his story as he learns more about this character who, for everyone else in the book, is a mystery and no one really knows where he came from and what his past really was. The way he started off getting his money doing illegal actions was not exactly the right thing. When Daisy leaves Gatsby for Tom he is devastated because Daisy was everything to him and he wanted to recreate what they had in the past.
First, he obtains wealth, although illegally, to impress Daisy. Then, Gatsby shows his love for Daisy in many aspects of the book. The first time Gatsby physically makes a plan to meet Daisy and to tell her how much he loves her is when he asks Nick Carraway, his neighbor and Daisy’s cousin, to invite Daisy over for tea so Gatsby and Daisy can casually run into each other. After Nick agrees, Gatsby arranges to have Nick’s yard mowed and buys Daisy millions of flowers just so he can show her how much he really loves her as well as how wealthy he has become. Gatsby believes their love for each other has never changed.
She is also the reason he throws so many parties and bought a house across from her. Everything Gatsby does is driven by Daisy. Unfortunately, this results in his demise. Once he meets up with her again, he gets carried away from there, wanting her all to himself. At the Hotel in New York, Gatsby stands up to Tom and tries to convince him Daisy never loved him, and he so desperately wants to hear it.
Most people would think this, but characters in the book thought differently. They thought that they could avoid all feeling toward another person. Daisy was not happy with her marriage due to her emotional affair with Gatsby. She tries to keep this affair away from Tom, but she makes it pretty obvious to him that there is something that goes on. Gatsby always had a loving feeling for Daisy, even though she is in a marriage.
The main affair is between Gatsby and Daisy. Slowly everyone figures out the different affairs. Gatsby misled Daisy because she thought that Gatsby has the money to be able to support both of them, but like I said earlier this is not the case. So when he had gone to Oxford, she got tired of waiting and went off and married Tom. The only thing he could have really offered her is his strong love towards her.
The American dream today is nothing but an insignificant belief that has been forgotten. But in The Great Gatsby, it is definitely something worth fighting for. Fitzgerald portrays Jay Gatsby as one of the only characters who truly attempts to grasp his dream of success. In this peculiar novel, Gatsby’s intention to fulfill his dream is distinct to no other. His motivation to win back Daisy, the continuous progress of his social status, and his obsession for excessive luxury will all guarantee him attaining his American dream, but most importantly, attaining Daisy.