Examples Of Disillusionment In The Great Gatsby

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They Believe Everything F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby shows evidence of disillusionment throughout the entire story. Nick believes in the happiness of his family, but he refuses to see that his family is actually quite unhappy. Gatsby wants to believe that, even after all the years apart, Daisy loves Gatsby. However, Gatsby fails to see that Daisy is only using him to get away from her own unhappiness. The business that Gatsby has set up for himself has the pretense of being honest. Conversely, his business is corrupt, and he misleads people into thinking he works hard for his success. Nick Carraway originally wants to be like Tom and Daisy. He wants to be of high class, wealthy, and well-known. Nick goes to Tom and Daisy’s house expecting to find a happy couple who are completely in love, but instead he finds them in a state of marital confusion. “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy - they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or vast carelessness… and let other people clean up the mess they made” (p179). Nick is starting to realize they do not seem to be happy together anymore. Nick later goes to town with Tom and discovers that Tom is having an affair with Myrtle Wilson. …show more content…

He loved her before he went to war. Gatsby is led to believe when he comes back that Daisy would return his love, but by the time he does come back, Daisy has found herself another man. She enjoys the wealthy lifestyle, one which Gatsby did not have. Gatsby decides to change this. He thinks if he could become wealthy, then Daisy would finally love him. Gatsby becomes rich through his business, but Daisy still does not love him. ”Almost five years! There must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams – not through her own fault, but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion”(p 95). Gatsby puts his hope into something that clearly is not

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