Many men had already loved Daisy- it increased her value in his eyes” (149). Daisy, as an upper class and elegant girl, and almost unreachable for Gatsby, was a part of his American Dream. But he never realized that his love for Daisy is actually his own obsession of reaching his dream that he planed when he was young. His little disappointment after he
The American Dream is the belief that any person can follow their own dream. This concept has always been one of the driving forces behind American society and is unique to every person. The American Dream is very popular in American culture, especially literature such as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. The Great Gatsby tells the story of Jay Gatsby from the viewpoint of his friend and neighbor, Nick Carraway. It shows how Gatsby’s seemingly perfect and wealthy lifestyle during the roaring 1920’s is all a part of his dream to attain the “love” of his life, Daisy.
So any one described as grey is going to be barren, lifeless or dull. In the novel the person described as grey is Wilson as seen in this quote “When any one spoke to him he invariably laughed in an agreeable, colorless way. He was his wife’s man and not his own.” P.146 Wilson's face is described as "ashen” and a "white ashen dust" covers his suit. And his eyes are described as "pale" and "glazed." This describes him as a lifeless man.
Even though it may not hold any significance to Nick it means a whole lot to Gatsby as we see throughout the book. As the novel continues we see the green light lose its significant meaning to Gatsby. As Gatsby holds Daisy he expresses, "If it wasn't for the mist we could see your home across the bay," said Gatsby. "You always have a green light that burns all night at the end of your dock…It had seemed as close as a star to the moon. Now it was again a green light on a dock.
Gatsby has his mind so remarkably revolved around Daisy that he has started to think illogically. He wants not only wants to erase the past but also wants Daisy to confess that she has only loved him. This would give him confirmation that repeating the past is obtainable. Gatsby reluctantly criticizes Nick on his way of thinking with the phrase, “Can’t repeat the past?... 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.
We are first introduced to the green light at the end of chapter 1: “… he stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way, and, far as I was from him, I could have sworn he was trembling. Involuntarily I glanced seaward – and distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and far away, that might have been the end of the dock.” (p. 28) This passage of the book not only explains the difference between the people of East Egg (old money e.g. the Buchanans) and West Egg (new money e.g. Gatsby and Nick), but also foreshadows the faith of Jay Gatsby. We are told that the green light is “minute and far away”, which insinuates that what Gatsby is looking at is something in sight but at the same time something unreachable.
Gatsby himself was pursuing Daisy, with a love he believed was pure but had become tainted by the world around him. When we first see Gatsby, he has “stretched out his arm towards... a single green light, minute and far away.” The green light symbolises a once-pure love that has become tainted by the pursuit of wealth; the once-bright light has now become far away and tinged with green, the colour of money. The lack of integrity Gatsby has in his love for Daisy has led to the corruption of that love by the social forces of the 1920s. George and Myrtle Wilson are another example of how relationships are corrupted by materialism “God knows what you’ve been doing... You may fool me, but you can’t fool God!”’ the repetition of the biblical references to ‘god’, depicts how Myrtle lacks integrity and George can see her infidelity, resulting in their relationship
In the novel, Crash, written by Jerry Spinelli, there is a boy named Crash, who always wants to win and get attention as same as other teenagers. However, his desire to win vanishes at the race-off, because he wants his opponent, Penn to run at the next relays, he wants to give a gift in return for the present Penn gives Crash’ grandfather, and he thinks too much about his opponent, Penn. Moreover, he gains a profit to become a loser, for example,
The Great Gatsby is about the life of a man named Jay Gatsby and his strong determination to marry a woman named Daisy, which is told by the point of view of Nick Carraway. Daisy is already married to a man named Tom Buchanan so Gatsby hopes that he can eventually win Daisy's heart over Tom's. It is a tragic romance and has many themes on society and social class. In the beginning of the film, Nick sees Gatsby reaching out towards a green light, which is shining from Daisy's home where she lives with another man named Tom. The green light is represented as Gatsby's ideal goals for his life.
Obviously, George is desperate for the car because he needs the money. He only wants the money to make his wife happy. Sadly, Myrtle is cheating on him, revealing the moral decay of American society found in the Valley of Ashes. For Myrtle to cheat on her husband who loves her dearly, reveals how the Valley of Ashes has no moral values. Myrtle treats George poorly and uses Tom as an outlet to the rich and high class life.