Jay Gatsby is the greatest example of the Disillusionment of the American Dream. At a young age Gatsby falls in love with Daisy. When he finally returns home from the war he realizes she is already married. From then on out everything he does is to get his dream back. He starts by buying a house across the bay from her home.
Jay Gatz had come from nothing really, and had earned everything he had whether it be through black market alcohol or through the war. Although Gatz seemed to have it all and then some, he did not have what he so desperately craved the most in the end, and this was Daisy. Daisy was Tom Buchanan’s wife, a rich fellow, but before she was wed to Tom, Daisy loved Gatsby, as she had met him before he had gone to the war, at the officers party her mother had thrown 5 years prior. Gatsby was a very achieved man, as mentioned before he had acquired large amounts of currency, through bootlegged alcohol. He was associated with Meyer Wolfsheim, and even showed Nick around one of the speakeasy clubs that he and Meyer Wolfsheim ran together, in attempt to lead Nick to invite Daisy over so Gatsby could be reunited with his once informal lover before the war.
Gatsby and Fitzgerald have a bit more in common. Gatsby’s life is almost an exact mirror of Fitzgerald’s. Both men served in the first World War, fell in love with a beautiful lady, and, most importantly, tried to win over said lady’s heart by becoming wealthy and successful. Fitzgerald ended up marrying his lady while Gatsby kept Daisy for but a fleeting time, and his pursuit of her turned out to be his demise. Keep this in mind.
Nick is just a normal man living in the lavish area of Long Island surrounded by mansions of the newly rich. The main character Jay Gatsby is neighbors with Nick, and lives across the bay from Daisy Buchanan which is no coincidence. Jay lives his entire life trying to win back the love of his life Daisy. F. Scott Fitzgerald portrays Jay Gatsby as a man who is obsessive with love and will dedicate his life to his obsession. Jay is charming yet mysterious, he throws lavish parties with hundreds of people yet no one has ever seen Gatsby.
Daisy marries Tom Buchanan, a wealthy man, as believes that money makes everything better. Her beliefs about wealth shows her obsession with financial stability. In the near beginning of the novel, Daisy finds out a secret that Tom is hiding from her. Jordan says, “’She might have the decency not to telephone him at dinner time. Don’t you think?’” (Fitzgerald, 20).
To Gatsby, Daisy is the epitome of everything he’s wished for himself - wealthy, socialite. When he first stumbles upon Daisy’s life, Gatsby was in awe of her life; Nick writes, “He had never seen such a beautiful house before...there was a ripe mystery about it…” (Fitzgerald 148), due to his poor upbringing. Gatsby even tells Nick, “Her voice is full of money…” (Fitzgerald 120) when describing Daisy - his first description of her is to bring up her wealth, the thing that captivated a poor, young Gatsby. Finally, Nick writes down that “He took what he could get, ravenously and unscrupulously - eventually he took Daisy…” (Fitzgerald 149). Gatsby and Daisy’s relationship also was artificially based - Gatsby was blinded by Daisy’s wealth and the mystery about her social class that he fell in love
Both Zelda and Daisy lived very materialistic and luxurious lives. Daisy comes from a well-off family in Louisville, Kentucky. She then continues this lifestyle by marrying an extremely wealthy man. “...and the day before the wedding he gave her a string of pearls valued at three hundred and fifty thousand dollars” (Fitzgerald 76). Most likely this was to convince her that during their marriage, he would take care of her financially.
“There was music from my neighbor’s house through the summer nights. In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.” (Fitzgerald 39) In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby, all is well in the setting of 1920s Long Island. Elegant and lively soirées are ubiquitous, and people don’t have a care in the world… or so it seems. The era of excitement is littered with secrets. Every member of high society seems to be hiding something.
In chapter 3 of The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby throws a gigantic party and invites his neighbor, Nick Carraway, to his party. This is significant because Gatsby is “in love” with Nick’s cousin Daisy. By inviting Nick, he befriends him in order to become closer to him to ask him to reintroduce him to Daisy, who is now married with child. In The Great Gatsby, Mr. Gatsby has unquestionably eccentric tastes. We can take notice to this in the book as well as in both films.
At first, Jay Gatsby presents himself during one of his parties when Nick was searching for him. When Nick sees Gatsby, he described him as “ an elegant young rough-neck, a year or two over thirty, whose elaborate formality of speech just missed being absurd” (Fitzgerald 49). This is the first honest description about Gatsby. From this description an assumption arises as to Gatsby only acting to impress someone. While Gatsby slowly reveals more about his identity and history, more atrocious scandals surfaced running Gatsby’s name.