Reaching a higher class and wealth are aspects of success that many aspire to achieve. Although that may be true, in reality, as a person begins to expand their goals toward the American dream, they tend to spiral downward and crash in the end. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, pertains to an ambitious character; falling short of the American dream, resulting in a tragedy. Specifically, the book follows a young man named Gatsby and his dream to finally meet the love of his life, Daisy, who he hasn't seen in five years. Gatsby goes to great lengths in order to grab Daisy’s attention, by throwing lavish parties, which he had to achieve by becoming a bootlegger.
Being considered one of the wealthiest people in West Egg, Long Island, he obtains a high status and bragging rights. He possesses a huge mansion loaded with the most expensive material anyone could imagine. This mansion is the place of extravagant bashes to guests Gatsby has never even met. His “legendary” once a week parties were his means of acquiring his celebrity status. The tale of Narcissus justifies why Gatsby acts out an performs the way he does.
In the novel, “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the female characters, Jordan Baker, Daisy Buchanan, and Myrtle Wilson, throughout the whole novel, all have the same motive which is achieving their desired social position through cheating. Jordan Baker is a very wealthy and famous golfer who will do anything to achieve her goal which is very beneficial to her social position. Like Jordan, Daisy Buchanan is very wealthy as well and married to one of the richest men in East Egg, Tom Buchanan. However, when she finds real love, Gatsby, she denies it because she wants to keep her social position. Like Daisy, Myrtle cheats on her husband and had an affair with another man who is Tom Buchanan.
She has always been wealthy, and always aspired to be wealthy. She is used to living in luxury, and is dependent on Tom to provide for her. When describing Daisy's voice, Gatsby says, “Her mouth is full of money” (Fitzgerald 120), meaning even her voice sounds like the stereotypical wealthy person’s. Daisy also reveals her hollowness as a person when she says “I hope she’ll be a fool- that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool” (Fitzgerald 17). In this quote, Daisy demonstrates the hollowness of the upper class by hoping her daughter will be a fool instead of a proper young lady.
The era’s “perfect woman”, Daisy Buchanan, is a bubbly, conflicted woman whose choice is between two men: her husband, Tom Buchanan, and her former lover Jay Gatsby. Since Daisy’s character was written in the 1920s, women’s characters were based on the traditional women of the time period, and many women then were still seen as objects and as less desirable than men. When Daisy is invited to Gatsby’s mansion, her first sight of him in many years upon seeing his expensive clothing, she is so overcome with emotion that she begins to weep “with a strained sound” and begins to “cry stormily” showing her true reaction to something as petty as material objects (92). She continues, claiming that
Color is everywhere. Although color may not seem important, they might have a greater, deeper meaning. Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, is set back in the Roaring 20’s, when the economy was booming. A newly rich man named Jay Gatsby is one of the richer people in this time that enjoys his money. He throws overgenerous parties, hoping that the love of his life, Daisy Buchanan, attends.
The original version was called first impression but then it was changed by Austen to pride and prejudice. The title Pride and prejudice focuses on the main them of the novel which traces pride and prejudice as two human traits. These traits can be seen respectively in the relationship of Mr. Darcy and Ms. Elizabeth Bennet. The two characters have pride and prejudice respectively. Charles bingley, a rich single man moves to the estate of Netherfield, which causes quite a stir the area occupants are excited, particularly Mrs. Bennet, who plans to wed one of her five girls to him.
He uses his wealth as a barrier between him and other people, even Daisy Buchanan, the woman he loves. When he finally is reunited with Daisy Buchanan after approximately 5 years, he uses his wealth to show off to her, which is quite shallow. “‘My house looks well, doesn 't it?’ he demanded. ‘See how the whole front of it catches the light’”
Also in “Clueless” and in the movie “Emma” both of the main girls are rich, and try there best to find both of there best friends a wife/husband to have and they both fail, but they end up finding someone they love. They do have a lot of differences like in “Emma” the setting is a little older in time, in the 1900 time, and in “Clueless” it's more around our time period. In “Clueless” cher falls in love with her stepbrother and in “Emma”, Emma falls in love with Mr.
But ultimately Gatsby is the most hopeful man in the world. His heart is bigger than his ego. His uncanny knowledge to act rich make him a great man It might be argued that Gatsby’s feelings for Daisy are idealistic; with a strong determination he tries hard to be close to Daisy. He moves to a house just across the lake, throws huge parties with the hope she will be at one, also makes plans with her 5 years since seeing each other. Finally, he takes the blame after she killed Myrtle in the car accident.
In Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Daisy is portrayed as a modern woman; she is sophisticated, careless and beautifully shallow. Daisy knows who she is, and what it takes for her to be able to keep the lifestyle she grew up in, and this adds to her carelessness and her feigned interest in life. In all, Daisy is a woman who will not sacrifice material desires or comfort for love or for others, and her character is politely cruel in this way. Daisy’s main strength, which buoyed her throughout her youth and when she was in Louisville, is her ability to know what was expected of her and feign cluelessness.
Not only is avarice a major issue, but the likes of pride and envy lurk in the murky waters of the Long Island Sound. The previous offenders, repeat again here. Starting with Gatsby, who embodies the classic rags to riches stories of the time. When his past is brought out from behind a curtain, it is discovered that it may be not so classic after all. James Gatz admires the well-to-do people, like Dan Cody.
In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, the protagonist Jay Gatsby pits himself against an evocative past that engendered both unpleasant and pleasant events to occur. Each fragment of Gatsby’s past played a fundamental role in how he interacted with certain characters and situations, his social status, as well as how individuals regarded him. An individual’s past possesses the power to haunt their present and future because people are inclined to live their lives according to what they’ve experienced. Fitzgerald further demonstrates this by revealing to the audience of Gatsby’s past about his former love Daisy Buchanan, origins, and the lessons learnt by Dan Cody.
Tom and Daisy Buchanan have wealth however, they are not happy because of their money. They have extravagant meals and shiney possessions, but at the dinner party Daisy is distressed as Tom accepts a call from his mistress, even though she is married to a very powerful and rich man. “The telephone rang inside, startlingly, and as Daisy shook her head decisively at Tom the subject of the stables, in fact all subjects, vanished into the air”(Fitzgerald 15) In the real world this shows “Even the very rich--those surveyed among FORBES’s 100 wealthiest Americans--are only slightly happier than average. Wealth, it seems, is like physical health.
There is poor and there is wealthy. There is beautiful and there is hideous. There is passive and there is assertive. In the book The Great Gatsby, wrote by F. Scott Fitzgerald, there is a variety of 1920’s women portrayed throughout the novel, showing various personality types and physical appearances that could have been seen at the time.