Through the book more and more is revealed what is behind that smile. The truth behind the smile is that Jay wants to leave every aspect of his past. This begun before Daisy at the age of 17 “James Gatz – that was really, or at least legally, his name. He had changed it at the age of seventeen and at the specific moment that witnessed the beginning of his career – when he saw Dan Cody 's yacht drop anchor over the most insidious flat on Lake Superior. It was James Gatz who had been loafing along the beach that afternoon in a torn green jersey and a pair of canvas pants, but it was already Jay Gatsby who borrowed a rowboat, pulled out of Tuolomee, and informed Cody that the wind might catch him and break him up in half an hour” (Fitzgerald, 98).
Each writer creates the idea of separation within both pieces by having the main characters live in “separate worlds”. In Gatsby, Fitzgerald emphasizes Gatsby’s desire by him always imagining Daisy. Everynight, after every long day, Gatsby would walk towards the end of his dock to stare at the green light at the other side of the lake right
This quote from the book shows how Nick Carraway got put into the plot of The Great Gatsby by inviting Daisy to his house so Gatsby can see her. Another instance of Nick Carraway getting introduced to plot is when Gatsby invites Nick to Daisy's when she was supposed to tell Tom he does not love him but she loves Gatsby. “He was calling on Daisy's request ---- would i come to lunch at her house tomorrow” (Fitzgerald 104). This quote shows when Nick gets introduced to the plot of Tom vs.
Willie has spent his whole life trying to attain success and the love of those around him. He does this so that he will be remembered when he is gone like other salesmen around him such as Dave Singleman who had hundreds of buyers and salesmen at his funeral (Miller, 81). Through his pursuit of this idea he starts to push the same dream upon his kids, especially his son, Biff and becomes obsessed with the idea. Willie ultimately fails by not only Biff not living up to his expectations but when he dies, no one except his family and a few friends attend his funeral (Miller, 137). Though Willie was driven enough to attain the expectations he had in life, they were very unrealistic in a sense due to his position in life.
Gatsby. In the book he wrote, “If it wasn't for the mist we could see your home across the bay... You always have a green light that burns all night at the end of your dock” (Chapter 5, Fitzgerald). At this point in the book, Gatsby is talking to Daisy pointing out to her that he noticed the little light at the end of the dock, even though he couldn’t see it, he knew it was still there...just like the days where keeping hope was hard, he always had it. "Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter — tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther...And one fine morning — So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past” (Fitzgerald 180).
He starts by buying a house across the bay from her home. When he buys the home the man who had been living there before him had just died. This is foreshadowing of his dream not being able to work out. Gatsby throws extravagant parties every night. The only reason he does all this is because he is hoping daisy will come one night.
Courage, in the form of boundless hope, is undoubtedly believed to be a requirement for success. In fact, Gatsby becomes a wealthy individual because of his never-ending hope to achieve his dream. However, his American Dream does not only consist of wealth and success; ultimately, he wants to relive the past by being in love with Daisy again. As Gatsby struggles with the hope of wanting to meet Daisy again, winning her affection and loyalty, and finally realizing that his dream would not come true, the corruption of his American Dream leads to his demise. The cause of his downfall is his association between money and love; he believes that by being successful, he can achieve Daisy.
He has been living his life obsessing over Daisy in the hopes of impressing her and has done this all for her and not for himself. Fitzgerald use of figurative language in the novel presents the complications Gatsby ran into throughout his life. The implicit meanings in the passages and the novel as a whole can also relate to society as a whole because Gatsby, although wealthy, can still go through problems just like others can, and still does not achieve his ultimate dream in the end. Gatsby is not able to reach this dream because he had held onto the past for too long, and cannot pursue other elements of happiness. He has wrapped his life around one person, who did not made him feel complete.