Examples Of Daisy's Ambition In The Great Gatsby

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In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jay Gatsby lusts after his dreams of wealth, prosperity, and success; dreams he has aspired towards since a very young age. A dream of success, bountiful wealth, and an undying devotion to Daisy thrust Gatsby into a world of blind ambition with immoral and overbearing steps to his victory. When Gatsby’s father, Mr. Gatz, arrives for the funeral, he expresses his pride in his son and describes to Nick the way Gatsby acted when he was younger by showing him a schedule Gatsby had written. The schedule describes a day full of studying, work, and bettering Gatsby’s mind, fully detailing Gatsby’s original path to success, (173). Mr. Gatz points out to Nick that Gatsby was always headed towards greatness, …show more content…

Gatsby pursued his dreams of success long before Daisy came into the equation, he had spent his youth fascinated with the possibility of a different future for himself. His ambitions and goals bring him to leave his home and he eventually succeeds in gaining the wealth and status he used to aspire to. However, Gatsby does not gain his wealth for his own self-betterment, instead he works to amass a fortune to attract Daisy back to him, since she could only marry a wealthy man. Although, he still achieved his original goal, Gatsby’s vast ambitions took a different route when his goals begun to solely revolve around getting Daisy back. After one of his parties, Nick discovers that Gatsby aspires to go back to the days when Daisy and him were deeply in love without anything hindering them, “He talked a lot about the past, and I gathered that he wanted to recover something, some idea of himself perhaps, that had gone into loving Daisy,” (110). Gatsby’s life, which he had spent pursuing his dreams of mass prosperity, now centers exclusively on Daisy and his continual pining after her. Unlike Daisy who has Tom, her husband, to fall back on, Gatsby only has Daisy and has spent the past five years of his life utterly devoted to seeing her again. Everything Gatsby has built up for himself, his

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