Gatsby has the means to make himself great, and he has the wealth of what society considers great, but his refusal to let go of the past causes him to be blind to Daisy’s true character. Both Tom and Daisy’s inherited wealth secures them into a prestigious society, one that they both value and want to stay apart of. Gatsby, on the other hand, does things such as throw extravagant parties because he “half expected [Daisy] to wander into one,” however, this proves his limited understanding of her (Fitzgerald 79). He is naive to the fact that money and other materialistic possessions cannot always buy love; image is most important to Daisy. She wants to attain the status associated with Tom, rather than be surrounded by “new money” people.
One example of this is the phone call from Chicago, a city infamous for organized crime in the 1920s, that Nick intercepts in which the caller “blurts out how his disposal of the stolen bonds has miscarried” (Pauly 46). Bonds are again referenced when Gatsby tries to recruit Nick into his “confidential” work (Pauly 51). There is also the ominous character of Meyer Wolfsheim, who fixed the 1919 World Series and repeatedly talks to Gatsby about “business” matters. This sinister side of Gatsby may tie into his narcissistic personality. Because Gatsby believes he is entitled to wealth, he carries out criminal activities without thinking of consequences or the law.
However, in chapter 7, during the confrontation, Daisy quickly rethinks her decisions and states, ‘I did love him once – but I loved you too’. As Gatsby hopes and expectations of them being together breaks the audience starts to comprehend that Daisy contradicting statements is purely because she is afraid to leave Tom. Tom came from a wealthy family and was highly respected in society. Daisy knew that life with him would be luxiourous and entirely satisfactory in terms of respect and wealth. In addition, the author is trying to convey to the audience that Daisy is too secure in her marriage with Tom to even consider leaving it.
Color symbolism in The Great Gatsby Color is all around us. Color has the power to influence our moods negatively of positively. In many cases, color can have a deeper meaning than it originally suggests, and can symbolize a person, place, or mood. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby Jay Gatsby is a wealthy man who throws giant parties for the sole purpose of meeting the beautiful Daisy Buchanan. His love interest in her is fueled by the support of the narrator of the story, Nick Carraway.
When Nick finally meets him at one of his parties he is surprised and doesn’t recognize him from the descriptions provided by the other people at the party “‘and this man Gatsby sent over his chauffeur with an invitation.’ For a moment he looked at me as if he failed to understand” (Fitzgerald 48). This mystery is important in supporting the representation of the American dream found in Gatsby’s character because it mirrors the spirit of the American dream in that origin doesn 't matter (Lučić 4). The mystery around the origins of Gatsby’s wealth continues until it is revealed that he came from poverty in the west. Gatsby’s thrift and hard work in creating the persona that he has in New York shows his determination and hard work in trying to rise above the social status he was born into
The author uses Bateman’s double life as a social critique of young businessmen, as if Bateman’s psychotic personality and nihilistic view of people and existence is the ultimate logical conclusion of such a lifestyle. The book explores existential themes in Bateman’s search for meaning, although his conclusion throughout the book consistently points in a pessimistic direction as Bateman finds his yuppie lifestyle as well as his violent crimes vapid, empty, and unable to quench his inner demons. The violence in the book, while graphic, makes up very little of the book’s actual content, and most of the book dwells upon Bateman’s thoughts rather than the explicit aestheticization of
"Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay." The impression of a stalker was conveyed of Gatsby, he was craving to possess Daisy even though their relationship was long past gone since she was already a married woman. However, Gatsby puts countless effort to accomplish his dream of reuniting with Daisy. The fortune he gained was established in order for Daisy to acknowledge him. Gatsby would always organize flashy parties, letting random strangers in and hoping one day Daisy would “wander” into his “over the top affairs” parties.
Haylie Garrison Mr. Kennedy English 11-7 March 28, 2018 American Dream In the book The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald the American dream in the 1920’s was very alive in the book. The love triangle, the mysteries, houses, parties, and the money all played a big role in the American dream. The eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg played a role through the book for the people in the valley of ashes, that helped them through the broken dreams that everyone dreamed of. It represented the eyes of god and how it could fix the broken dreams that everyone wanted to be fixed and how the eyes see everything you did even when you hide things. The green light at the end of Daisy and Tom’s boat dock which was just to warn boats but to Gatsby that was representing his love for Daisy and hoping to be together one day before he went to war.
We really first start to see foreshadowing to this theme in the second Chapter with George Wilson and Myrtle Wilson, one making a living as a mechanic/gas station operator, the other making money by being in an affair with Tom respectively. This brings to mind how the American Dream of fortune can’t always be brought around by hard work, in the case of George. Later on in Chapter 4 the reader learns about Gatsby’s plan to win Daisy back through his show of wealth and social power. Daisy, being the ultimate symbol of success for Gatsby, is his goal that has been for so long out of reach. Next in the 5th Chapter, Gatsby starts an affair with Daisy.
Nick’s cousin Daisy Buchanan and her husband Tom live in East Egg where they entertained the high society with their friend Jordan. His next-door neighbor was a gentleman called Gatsby, who has a huge mansion with a swimming pool and a large garden, so he could enjoy the view of the water because his house in comparison with Gatsby’s house was an eyesore. Every Saturday night Gatsby organizes extravagant parties but he almost never appeared. Nick went for visit to Tom and Daisy Buchanan’s house, even though he does not like Tom. Daisy and Tom have a daughter.