He acts as if he is a father and is entitled to tell others how they should act. Tom only thinks about himself and how his wealth allows him to feel superior to those around him. Gatsby is a mysterious man who is blindly in love with Daisy. The only thing he cares about is for Daisy to come to him. He spent the past 5 years making money to show that he worthy of her and that he can be a wealthy man as well.
Throughout the novel he is never content with what he has. He only wants one thing, Daisy’s love. Jay and Daisy had a past relationship that is broken by his deployment into WWII. When Jay comes back he finds out that Daisy moves on to a man named Tom because of his immense wealth (at the time Nick was not wealthy). This crushes Jay and drives him to become everything that Daisy would ever want, so he goes on to make millions of dollars and purchase a huge mansion in West Egg.
Holle Dietzman Ms.Maggert Honours English III April 6, 2017 [01 month 2016] Corruption of the American Dream For hundreds of years all kinds of people have been coming to America for one thing: the American Dream, and it is no different today. Rising from nothing in order to become something and have everything is the very essence of the American Dream. Throughout the years though, this dream has been corrupted by the carnal needs and pursuit of wealth taking over every waking moment, becoming obsessed with the idea of money. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby the main character Jay Gatsby is the purest form of this dream.
Tom and Daisy are a part of the old money and are very rich and live lavishly. Daisy likes the idea of a big, strong man with a lot of money. Tom likes the idea of a social and gorgeous wife. Zelda and Fitzgerald share similar interests because prior to their engagement, Zelda would not marry him because Scott did not have enough money as she wanted him to have. After he had a huge breakthrough with his novel, he began to be rich.
The American dream is the idea through hard work, everyone has the opportunity to become fabulously rich. The goal is a luxurious life without a care in the world, but F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of The Great Gatsby, refutes that idea, believing that this dream life leads to a decadent life. Fitzgerald writes The Great Gatsby as a critique of the American Dream. This belief of his reflects in his novel. The main character: Tom, Daisy, and Gatsby, are all wealthy people; they indulge themselves in their unnecessary luxuries, and in turn, turn immoral, each in their own ways.
Daisy Buchanan is another example of a person who could not achieve the American Dream. Daisy was a very beautiful woman who was in love with Gatsby, but married Tom for his money as mentioned before. She married Tom in hopes to achieve the Dream and also because of pressure from her family. Tom used to be very caustic with Daisy, was cheating on her with Myrtle and also cheated on her with their maid when they were on their honeymoon as proven by “A week after I left Santa Barbara Tom ran into a wagon on the Ventura road one night and ripped a front wheel off his car. The girl who was with him got into the papers too, because her arm was broken – she was one of the chambermaids in the Santa Barbara Hotel.”
Fitzgerald uses The Great Gatsby to say that the American Dream is never truly attainable as there are always going to be unintended ups and downs, as seen through Gatsby’s failures and shortcomings. Throughout the book, many characters say that Gatsby was a charming and dashing person, but most of all, a mysterious one, these are the qualities that often attract an American woman. Therefore, it is quite surprising that a person like Gatsby, who possess these qualities, is unsuccessful in obtaining true love, showing the limitations of the American Dream. Gatsby was determined that Daisy was the love of his life.
Curley’s wife gave up on her American Dream because she was scared if she waited too long she wouldn’t get anywhere. “Well, I wasn’t gonna stay no place where I couldn’t get nowhere or make something of myself, an’ where they stole your letters. I ast her if she stole it, too, an’ she says no. So I married Curley,” (88). In order for her to find happiness, she tempts other men because she is lonely and unhappy with the life she has.
Perhaps I made a mistake with Gatsby and Daisy. She's all he ever thought or talked about. His obsession was becoming quite more obvious and I always feared that the outcome would not be great. Daisy was always too busy liking the attention and crying over designer shirts to realize that she and Gatsby were in danger. Instead she let the affair go too far and it cost the life of Jay Gatsby and Myrtle Wilson.
Daisy did not deserve a man as giving as Gatsby. She toyed him for every penny he was worth. Gatsby cannot seem to get his head out of the gutter in regards to Daisy even though he is keenly aware of how manipulative she was. The green dock light was described as “ a minute and far away”, but Daisy was not the dream he should strive for to begin
Additionally, the death of the Original American Dream is shown through the increasing desire for materialism and excess. Myrtle’s love of materialism is what ruins her marriage with her husband and drives her toward death. When she first marries George, Myrtle believes that she is crazy about him, but she reveals, “The only crazy I was was when I married him. I knew right away I made a mistake. He borrowed somebody’s best suit to get married in, and never even told me about it…”
Many people are willing to go to the extent of lying about themselves to a man or a woman to impress them. In the novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald creates contrasts and similarities between Gatsby and George Wilson. They are not the type of person their partner wants to marry, Gatsby made as much money as anyone could ever want but he still lacked the class that Daisy expected and required. No matter if matter if you’re wealthy or poor, if you become someone you are not others will always find out who you really are.
This lead to Daisy falling in love for Tom Buchanan, not only for his looks but for his wealth. Even though Gatsby knew Daisy was no longer his, he looked for Daisy everyday. This inspired him even more to pursue his dream to become successful and wealthy to win Daisy back. After this Gatsby spends his life doing nothing but trying to earn as much money as possible.