He no longer strives for things unimaginable. James Gatz underwent a change where in the end as Jay Gatsby, his life is less fulfilling. Gatsby no longer thinks about things that are extraordinary. After the change Nick finds Jay Gatsby “talk[ing] a lot about the past and [Nick] gathered that [Gatsby] wanted to recover something, some idea of himself perhaps, that had gone into loving Daisy. His life had been confused and disordered since…" the day he fell in love with Daisy (110).
The tragedy of Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan is a sad and meaningful story. Their love and desire for each other lead to the inevitable downfall and death of Gatsby. It is shown that, through the love story of Gatsby and Daisy, Fitzgerald demonstrates his disregard for reality. Gatsby’s unfailing devotion reveals his ability to see a light at the end of the tunnel. When Nick begins to doubt Gatsby and Daisy’s relationship he is told by Gatsby, “can’t repeat the past… why of course you can,” (Fitz 110).
The reality is that he and Daisy would never get back together, he would realize that she is happily married with a child, and he is not part of her class. Nick is the only one that understands the reality in the book. He states: His is proving that Nick is the only one in the book with the eyes of reality. However Gatsby’s illusions are now his reality. Because of all the parties, the drinking, trying to get Daisy, and all the cheating and lying Gatsby created an illusion that is the life of misery and uncertainty that turns into his reality thus leading him to lose his illusions.
The narrator mentions that her uncle was at one point imagining that more family members were on the trip. Due to the loss of lucid thinking associated with Parkinson’s, the narrator’s uncle is constantly imagining thinks. The narrator’s father corrects him on many occasions and tries to bring him into reality. However, at one point the narrator presents the argument that maybe the uncle’s perception is the true reality. She states that maybe all the family members are actually on the trip and the loneliness is only imagined (Sinor, 2008).
In the book, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the speaker, Nick, describe many complex attitudes towards hope by showing the complexity of Gatsby and Daisy’s relationship to express this theme. Nick uses literary devices such as similes, metaphors, and juxtaposition to portray to the audience how Gatsby and Daisy’s love may seem tangible to them, but in reality, they are worlds apart. Nick uses similes to have the audience understand that Gatsby and Daisy are constantly hoping for a better life, and that utopian life to them is to be together. “It had seemed as close as a star to the moon”(Fitzgerald 94). This simile suggests that Gatsby and Daisy’s love and happy ending looks close in that moment, but in reality, it is far away.
His persona that he has built up crumbles away to show that he is no more than a man, love-struck and awkward. “He fumbled with a series of beginnings. “Why, I thought- why look here, old sport, you don’t make much money, do you?” At the mention of Daisy, Gatsby begins to lose his words, unable to start a sentence properly. “I thought- why look here” Gatsby seems to be distracted by his own thoughts as he can’t hold a conversation topic for longer than a second. He is trying to distract himself from thinking about his meeting with Daisy.
Gatsby’s actions, and words demonstrate a clear obsession with Daisy that seems to have no end. In the story, Gatsby is at the first portrayed as a great man, until later the book goes on and his true colors and motives are revealed. As Gatsby invited Tom over to talk, he explains how all he wants is to have Daisy tell Tom that she had never loved him. In response “‘I wouldn’t ask too much of her’” I (Nick) ventured. ‘You can’t repent the past.’ ‘Can’t repeat the past?’ He (Gatsby) cried incredulously.
Gatsby’s dream and adventure towards reaching Daisy’s heart led to his own demise. After Nick and Gatsby discuss Daisy’s hit-and-run outside of the Buchanan house, Nick leaves Gatsby while he stares over Daisy and Tom: “So I walked away and left him standing there in the moonlight — watching over nothing” (145). Nick’s mention of Gatsby “watching over nothing” displays how Gatsby is blind to the fact that his relationship with Daisy doesn’t have the fiery spark it once had. Gatsby had become deceived by his dream to continue the love he and Daisy had once had years earlier and this illusion disables his ability to let go of the past His persistence towards winning Daisy’s heart causes him to ignore the reality of his situation and drives him to become unable to see that he had failed in his ambitions. Additionally, when Nick realizes that Gatsby was
I hate myself for it. Because I don't want the girl, and still, I take it and- I love it!” Similarly to Willy with business, Happy’s attempts at happiness fail to satisfy him. Happy has the same arrogance as Willy and belief that being well-liked and indulging in shallow acts will bring him success, inevitably leading to happiness. The same tragic pattern that occurred with Willys suicide is reoccurring with Happy with his refusal to see things as they truly are and break out of the same dissatisfying cycle as his
Modernist became very disillusioned and unable to find their true identity. During this period the culture was striving for the American Dream. Through this era readers will notice the use of characters to find the true emotions of the characters. In the Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gatsby who is one of the main characters has turned to love to find his true identity. When Gatsby falls in love with Daisy, Gatsby becomes very disillusioned within himself and his relationship with Daisy.
This is one of the reasons that Henry could have ran away from the second battle, because he was close to death. Henry wasn’t doing well for his first time; he went a little over board and got himself into trouble again. “The youth awakened slowly. He came gradually back to a position from which he could regard himself. For moments he had been scrutizing his person in a dazed way as if he had never seen himself.” (Crane ch6 pg.1) This was at the end of the battle.
His only goal is to gain her love and he lives through that in the past. Gatsby is devoted to accomplish his goal to get Daisy meanwhile his american dream drifts away. He ends up alone because Daisy doesn’t return the same affection and he no longer contains the american dream. His image of Daisy grew in his imagination, leading herself to not be able to live up to the dreams that he has established in his mind. Fitzgerald shows the disappearance of an image by saying, “Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us.
A conversation had sprung up about Daisy by Gatsby over to Nick, who told Gatsby that the past couldn’t be repeated because times have changed. “Cant repeat the past?...Why of course you can old sport! See she must tell Tom that she never loved him” (The Great Gatsby). Although Gatsby had already been living “The American Dream” going from rags to riches, he wanted Daisy to be included into his life again and not feel that sense of loneliness anymore. He revealed that the only reason why he threw such big parties was to catch Daisy’s attention all