The characters in the novel pretend that they have their lives all figured out, but through their successes their downfalls and emptiness can be seen, to prove that money cannot buy happiness. Jay Gatsby is the newest and upcoming star in New York during the 1920’s. Through his business and inheritance he is one of the richest men of his time. One may think that his abundance of wealth would lead him to be eternally happy, but he is the opposite. Gatsby longs for his love of Daisy, which is his personal American Dream. Gatsby knows that Daisy is a high-class individual who cares very much about status and wealth, so his entire life has been dedicated to being the best so that she will notice him. When Daisy, Gatsby’s one desire, and Nick, Gatsby’s
Set in motion from the moment he saw her, Gatsby’s illusions are centered on the idea of winning Daisy’s heart. The power of Gatsby’s idolatry of Daisy is clear when he meets with her again, and the two become passionate towards one another: “He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God” (Fitzgerald 110). Clearly, Gatsby has a strong desire to be with Daisy. However, Gatsby knew that in order to join himself with Daisy, he would have to pursue her way of life as well (Rowe). This begins Gatsby’s obsessive illusions, one of which focuses on the green light on the dock outside Daisy’s mansion.
Nick narrated the situation by depicting how “Gatsby began to talk excitedly to Daisy, denying everything, defending his name against accusations that had not been made. But with every word she was drawing further and further into herself. (p.135)” This clearly exhibits how important Daisy’s thoughts about him can impact his logical thinking. He wants Daisy to see him as an affluent man with morals and virtues and when he was faced with the accusations of being a corrupt person in front of Daisy, he had to clear up his image.
The desire for love and companionship has the ability to help shape one’s sense of self, but Gatsby’s drive to fulfill that longing in Daisy became his sole focus in life and distracted him from reality. Instead of enhancing his true character, he completely lost his identity in an attempt to pursue Daisy, changing his entire life when he left “James Gatz” behind and put on the persona of Jay Gatsby. Refusing to accept his past, he lost his identity, and his sense of self was reduced to a “career” trying to be someone else (Fitzgerald 98). He spent his whole life trying to acquire money simply to fulfill the desire for Daisy’s love, since he knew “he had no real right to touch her hand” as a “penniless young man without a past” (Fitzgerald 149). Gatsby’s aspiration for love took over everything he did, as the text notes he “took what he could get, ravenously and unscrupulously” to try to become wealthy and satisfy his desire for love (Fitzgerald 149).
Gatsby has spent his whole life trying to prove to Daisy and everyone around him that he is worthy of her. The only way to be on the same social level as her is to turn himself into new money. Since this is not possible, he has to try to convince to others that he truly is old money. To do this, he becomes rich, and lies about his past, but the only way for him to complete this idea is if he is with Daisy. She is the final piece in his American dream.
Gatsby didn’t love Daisy, but was in love with the idea of having everything, the perfect life. In the end, his vast amounts of wealth could not buy Daisy’s love or even his own happiness. Gatsby filled the void in his heart by surrounding himself with expensive things, but the way in which he acquired his wealth, though not clearly stated in the novel, can be assumed he took the easy way of turning to a life of crime. Gatsby’s romantic view of money did not prepare him for the selfish and corrupt circle of people in which he would soon be associated with. Although through Nick’s narration, Gatsby is portrayed as more of a kind man than the audience has perceived.
The Roaring Twenties was a period of rowdiness and economic prosperity. The Great Gatsby proved this point in different events, including stupendous and extravagant parties. Located in West Egg, a home made of millions of dollars belonged to Jay Gatsby. He was one to experience all types of emotions during his short lifetime. The most pleasing feeling he had felt for the first time in five years led him into the worst case scenario, his own death. Each situation has its own representation, adding more depth to the story, allowing readers to dig deeper into their minds. F. Scott Fitzgerald depicts the theme of wealth breathes carelessness using the literary devices and techniques of symbolism, diction, and imagery to create meaning in his classic
He expresses love for Daisy, and hope for their future together. He displays confusion at the fact that Daisy could love him and Tom at once. Gatsby emotions can be somewhat blinded by his affection for Daisy. He is hardly impacted by the fact that Daisy killed a woman, and he “spoke as if Daisy’s reaction was the only thing that mattered” (Fitzgerald 142). Gatsby is fully ready to accept responsibility for Daisy’s actions.
Gatsby is the man that wouldn’t treat her wrong and has risked himself before for the sake of her when he entered illegal businesses to get money. Daisy obviously knows that he will pay some sort of consequence for claiming that he killed a woman. She is greedy and only cares
In the world of the novel, money and possession have corrupted the mind leading to greed and destruction. Gatsby’s intentions for throwing wild parties were not for his own pleasure, but rather to lure Daisy, who represents his success, into meeting him again. Yet, like the American Dream, Daisy is unattainable, just like her mellow voice,
He desires a relationship with Daisy above all else. From Gatsby’s perspective, Daisy appears to be a sweetheart and a dream girl, his ultimate desire. As Barrett puts it, Daisy is a symbol of wealth, status, and the “good life” (12). Gatsby wants to see Daisy very badly but tries to act as if he does not. Though he tries to be nonchalant, he puts forth a great effort to ensure that everything is as perfect as it can possibly be when he does see her (Fitzgerald 82-84).
Love, a deep affection, is only complete when felt by two unique individuals. In this story Gatsby has become blinded by his affection for Daisy he does not stop to consider anything else but being with her. He has this illusion and fantasy he has longed for since a little boy in his dream. While he has obtained everything else, the fame, glory, and wealth he lacks one thing, a lover. He has his life all crafted out and Daisy was his missing piece.