Gatsby wanted to be one thing he never was, he wanted to be able to say he was born rich, “He is intrigued by the promise of Daisy’s world-one which he never before experienced because of his lower class.” (A Propensity to Love…Or Not: Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan are and Are Not “Women in Love”). Not only has Daisy intrigued Gatsby, but also her lifestyle, Gatsby wanted to live that way. When Gatsby thinks about his life, he is scared, “He’s terrified that he’ll always be ‘Mr. Nobody from Nowhere.’” (The Problem With The Great Gatsby’s Daisy Buchanan). If he could marry Daisy and live her life, he would have everything he wanted.
Once a person goes to war, they see things that no one else has seen. They may not show it, but it changes who they are. The war becomes the soldiers' home, and when or if they do go home, they will never be the same. The only distraction is dreaming: dreaming of an escape, dreaming of a better place, but there is no escape in war. One The only thing to distract them from this is dreaming; dreaming of an escape, but there is
What Chris did not expect was for him to die on his journey, but rather have it help him grow and gain new experiences. I believe it’s safe to say that Chris hated his family, his whole purpose of leaving was to divorce himself from his parents. "McCandless was thrilled to be on his way north, and he was relieved as well—relieved that he had again evaded the impending threat of human intimacy, of friendship, and all the messy emotional baggage that comes with it. He had fled the claustrophobic confines of his family.”(pg.55) This quote shows how Chris wanted to prevent himself from committing the same mistakes his father did. He feared that by staying he would be distracted and never again have the chance to travel.
His constant attempt to find fulfillment through others reveals a bitter truth about him: he will never be fulfilled. Due to his indecisiveness, Nick’s life is constantly at an impasse. Originally from a “well-to-do” (6) family, his life would have been comfortable, a clear path set before him. His decision to move to the east and
“He had been full of the idea so long, dreamed it right through to the end, waited with his teeth set, so to speak, at an inconceivable pitch of intensity.” (Fitzgerald 97). Because Gatsby grew up in the absence of money and only acquired what he had through strenuous work, he was not willing to let his dream go as easily as Dexter. Holding onto his dream of being with Daisy was exactly what Gatsby did until his life came to an abrupt end. Although Gatsby and Dexter both created elaborate dreams for themselves that were seemingly flawless, their dreams’ success was dictated by just one character’s
He makes George and Lennie’s dream seem like a fairy-tale which shows that it will never be realised because fairy-tales are stories which are fictional and far from realistic. When Lennie asks George to tell him about their dream, “Tell me – like you done before,” he seems like a child asking his parents to tell him another story like a fairy-tale. Lennie knows how the dream goes, just like a well-known children’s story but insists that George tells him, “Why’n’t you do it yourself? You know all of it.” Just like a child knows their favourite bed-time story, Lennie knows the story of his shared dream with George. Lennie is also like a child in another way.
This book tells the story of how they found the great pearl, and how in the end it was lost once again. In John Steinbeck’s The Pearl the most meaningful sentence is “It is not good to want a thing too much”(18) because it contributes to foreshadowing of Kino’s later experience. Wanting a thing too much may always cause unfortunate events in the end and a man should not get too greedy. The inclusion of the sentence, “It is not good to want a thing too much,” leads to the problem when Kino has to run away with his family and he cannot let his family have a safe and happy life. Juana mentions this sentence near the beginning of the book when their family goes to the ocean in hopes of finding a pearl.
Another example of Gatsby's overwhelming idealism is his own self perception. Gatsby thinks as long as he surrounds himself with riches and the wealthy, that people will accept him and he can erase Gatz, the poor farm boy. This shows his idealism because no matter what a person does, their past will always exist. Later in the novel when Nick is reflecting on Gatsby's idea of Daisy he notes, "He wanted nothing less of Daisy than that she should go to Tom and say: 'I never loved you.'" This idea is not a realistic expectation because Daisy is already married and has a child to take care of; also her religion prevents her from getting a divorce and marrying him.
Maybe he was too immature to see that his actions were selfish. He could have notified his parents and sister, whom he claimed to love, about his plan. He could have explained why he chose to do what he did, instead of letting the family suffer in ignorance about his future. Like Janis Joplin indicates by singing: “Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose”, freedom is only achieved when you are alone and penniless. Christopher have maybe thought of “nothing left to loose” as material items, and forgotten that love, even though it is abstract, is something you carry with you everywhere you go and is almost impossible to get rid of – therefore having something to loose is