Dreams In The Great Gatsby

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Many people recollect the excitement that took place as a young child simply waking on Christmas day. At its simplest level, hope and curiosity drive these children to such an excited state. This excitement never leaves an individual, it simply changes forms. F. Scott Fitzgerald exemplifies this virtue through his character Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby. Gatsby’s life shows how an individual’s hopes and dreams are far more important than the desired satisfaction from these dreams.
Gatsby’s many goals throughout his life emulate the significance of dreams. Gatsby’s father first introduced Gatsby’s goals by showing a small piece of paper with many tasks and reminders written. This piece of paper showed that Gatsby “was bound to get ahead. He always had some resolves or something … about improving his mind” (Fitzgerald 173). Here Gatsby’s father proves that Gatsby set goals throughout his life and was certain to complete them. One of these goals as to
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As a young man, Gatsby worked jobs all along Lake Superior in order to continue paying his expenses and to acquire money. These jobs were clearly not elegant but Gatsby was a daring young man who made money however he could. However, a different side of Gatsby can be seen when he “pulled out to the Tuolomee and informed [Dan] Cody a wind might catch him and break him up in half an hour” (Fitzgerald 98). This image of a hardworking young man shows that Gatsby is also a true soul. With his true spirit, he was able to befriend anyone and everyone in order to complete his goal of extreme wealth. Gatsby was even driven to the point of working as a bootlegger and dealing with very sketchy individuals. The determination of Gatsby to fulfill his goal of riches can be seen as he risks his own life. Nonetheless, Gatsby never shies away from his challenge to marry Daisy. He continues on his dream with excitement and
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