Gatsby's always wanted to become rich, but his main reason in earning his wealth was to impress his love Daisy Buchanan, whom he met before he left to fight in WW1. Joining the war, Gatsby's love for Daisy ended and she ended up marrying a rich man named Tom Buchanan. When Gatsby returned from the war he had an obsession with Daisy and would do anything to get her back on his side. In order to get back with Daisy, Gatsby thought money and lavish living was key. He bought an enormous mansion in West egg right across the bay from Daisy’s place to try and get her attention.
The obsession of wanting love and money corrupts people's minds and drives them to do crazy things. In the novel, The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jay Gatsby is in love with a woman named Daisy Buchanan. Gatsby does everything he can to make Daisy happy, even if it is corrupt. Gatsby was a poor as a child, but grows up and becomes rich so he can make Daisy happy. Gatsby bought a house right across the bay from Daisy and her husband, Tom Buchanan.
Set in motion from the moment he saw her, Gatsby’s illusions are centered on the idea of winning Daisy’s heart. The power of Gatsby’s idolatry of Daisy is clear when he meets with her again, and the two become passionate towards one another: “He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God” (Fitzgerald 110). Clearly, Gatsby has a strong desire to be with Daisy. However, Gatsby knew that in order to join himself with Daisy, he would have to pursue her way of life as well (Rowe). This begins Gatsby’s obsessive illusions, one of which focuses on the green light on the dock outside Daisy’s mansion.
Gatsby loves his money and ultimately just to hear her voice brought extreme emotion to him. They were once in love, before the war. But, after Gatsby leaves Daisy finds a new man. A man with money that could give her anything she desired. Everything except love that is.
He used his money and success to purchase something that could remind him of her, “Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay” (78). Gatsby was then determined to think of a plan that would allow them to rekindle their relationship. He was talking to Jordan and wanted to know from Nick, “if you’ll invite Daisy to your house some afternoon and then let him come over…” (78). Gatsby had the hope of falling in love with her all over again. Jay Gatsby’s plan was awkward at first, but their emotions completely changed over time when talking again over tea.
Gatsby did everything in power, both legal and illegal, right and wrong, in an attempt to win back Daisy. He got the girl of his dreams but the rest of his life caught up with him. In the end, Gatsby lost the quest to achieve the American Dream. His wrongs outweighed his rights and his life came to a screeching
Although Nick is not as wealthy as Tom and Daisy, they see him as enough of a socially acceptable person to invite him to their house. Nick’s relative connection to Daisy, in turn, makes him attracted to Gatsby, who he has not yet met. Nick has been hand delivered an invitation to one of Gatsby’s huge parties, and unlike everyone else, he decides to go because he was actually invited. At the party, Nick is seated with a man who recognizes him and starts talking to him about the war he was in and thus being the start to a new relationship. What Nick didn’t know was that the man he was actually talking to was Gatsby.
This person was his first lover Daisy. Gatsby and Daisy had a connection to each other before Gatsby left for the military. Along came Tom who tied the knot on Daisy. This left Gatsby heartbroken and everything he did in his life later on was to impress Daisy and hope she showed up to one of his extravagant parties. Everything in his house he looked at through Daisy; “he hadn't once ceased looking at Daisy, and I think he revalued everything in his house according to the measure of response it drew from her well-loved eyes” (Fitzgerald 5.112).
Tom Buchanan, Daisy Buchanan, and Jay Gatsby's goals and values show that they just want to be happy. Jay Gatsby tries to gain the love of Daisy throughout the book and thinks that it is all he needs. Gatsby throws a party almost every night in hopes that Daisy will end up at one and they will be reunited. When that does not work he has Nick invite her over. Daisy is reintroduced to Jay and she is shown around his mansion.
This is affected by the concept of the American Dream. The American Dream is an idea that believes that with hard work, you can achieve anything. Gatsby takes this idea into his past love life when he is told he cannot repeat the past, but he responds with, “‘Can't repeat the past?’ he cried incredulously. ‘Why of course you can!’” (Fitzgerald 65) The feelings Gatsby possessed for his past love, Daisy Buchanan, were real while also very young and immature. Daisy matured to be with other men while Gatsby spent his whole life and wealth searching for Daisy.
Gatsby’s character is only being reinforced in the next couple of chapters. When Nick talks with Jordan about the story behind the purchase and acquisition of Gatsby’s mansion the realization that its position right across Daisy’s estate has a much deeper value and significance fills Nick with admiration and fondness towards Gatsby: “Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay. Then it had not been merely the stars to which he had aspired on that June night. He came alive to me, delivered suddenly from the womb of his purposeless splendor” (4.78). This unexpected revelation, that Nick firstly claims to be “a strange coincidence” (4.78) made Gatsby so much more interesting in the eyes of Nick.
Involuntarily I glanced seaward—and distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and far away, that might have been the end of a dock. When I looked once more for Gatsby he had vanished, and I was alone again in the unquiet darkness.” Gatsby loved Daisy so much that he even went to the extent to build his house across the sound from his love. He threw massive parties hoping Daisy would show at one of them. However, Gatsby had other motifs for his parties. The parties for him are also about putting on a good public display.