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).
In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, the title character believes he possesses the power to control time. In doing this, Gatsby thinks that he can repeat his past. His downfall comes when he fails to realize that even though as a child he schedules his time carefully leading him to believe he is in control. As an adult, he fails to realize that his ability does not allow him to control others.
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
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.
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. In the end of the novel Gatsby wants Daisy to tell Tom that she never loved him.
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.
In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, a man named Nick Carraway moves to West Egg, Long Island. After arriving Nick travels over to East Egg where his cousin, Daisy, is located just across the bay. Nick comes to find out his neighbor, Jay Gatsby, is a past lover of Daisy. He also discovers this lover has spent his entire life rebuilding himself to be more acceptable for her. Due to Nick’s strict upbringings he does not criticize others, making him of perfect use to Daisy and Gatsby.
Everyone has moments where they desire to revisit the past- correct a mistake, relive the excitement, change what could have been. We all have moments like that. It might be a fleeting feeling or a consistently recurring thought, but seldom do we dedicate ourselves to the unattainable and changing times. In the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the plight of Jay Gatsby and his attempt to bring back the past is explored. He aggressively, or arguably, passionately fights to regain what once was.
The “American Dream” has been around since America was founded, the idea of a “self-made” man. According to Dictionary.com, the American Dream is “the ideals of freedom, equality, and opportunity traditionally held to be available to every American.” The “American Dream” can never be attained by those chasing it, and it is indeed corrupt. The dream is never fulfilled. In Fitzgerald's novel, multiple characters throughout the story are left feeling embittered.
In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, the protagonist Jay Gatsby pits himself against an evocative past that engendered both unpleasant and pleasant events to occur. Each fragment of Gatsby’s past played a fundamental role in how he interacted with certain characters and situations, his social status, as well as how individuals regarded him. An individual’s past possesses the power to haunt their present and future because people are inclined to live their lives according to what they’ve experienced. Fitzgerald further demonstrates this by revealing to the audience of Gatsby’s past about his former love Daisy Buchanan, origins, and the lessons learnt by Dan Cody.
The downfall of Gatsby was caused by no other than Gatsby himself, he had wealth and respectable name that people throughout west egg praised. Gatsby was loved by all for his lavish parties, making sure everyone had a good time especially Daisy, Gatsby loved Daisy. Gatsby's was responsible for his downfall because he couldn't tell the difference between illusion, romance and reality When Gatsby returned home from the war he thought that to win daisy’s hand he would have to be rich. Gatsby bought a mansion so he can be right across the bay from her, but there is one problem though she is married to Tom Buchanan. Gatsby loved Daisy, saying she was the first “nice” girl he had ever met (Fitzgerald 148).Tom confronts Gatsby questioning he went to oxford and how he gets money, since Gatsby doesn’t tell people very much, argument breaks out and it ends with Gatsby telling tom she never loved you, she loves me (Fitzgerald 130).