Analysis Paragraph The american is a dream about possibilities and a strive for success. Many chase the dream for materialistic reasons some interpret the dream for love but regardless the person striving for the dream works hard to reach this dream. In the novel The Great Gatsby, Gatsby motivation is to reach his version of the american dream. Though Gatsby has always wanted to be rich, his main motivation for acquiring this dream was his love for Daisy. Gatsby having the mindset that he could never have Daisy’s love because of his background he becomes consumed to become rich and by doing so it's what unfortunately results in him not only falling victim to it but not attaining it at all.
The relationship quickly switches stages unexpectedly to the deterioration stage. This stage is “characterized by a weakening of the bonds… you view the future with your partner more negatively,” (DeVito 227). This occurs when Gatsby begins pressuring Daisy into leaving Tom. This scares Daisy and causes the bonds between the two to weaken because she is quickly reminded by Tom about the reasons she loves him. This is especially shown in this scene when Daisy says, “Even alone I can’t say I never loved Tom,” (Fitzgerald 133).
His great ‘incorruptible’ dream has been corrupted. The extreme tunnel vision he has subjected himself to in his single-minded pursuit of the American Dream has left him empty and lacking in meaning. Even Nick, whose final words to Gatsby are that of praise, is only really a part of Gatsby’s life because his cousin is Daisy. Gatsby’s intense hope and belief that his salvation lies in attaining the American Dream leaves him with
Who do you think was encouraging Gatsby to pursue his long lost love with Daisy before Nick? Gatsby did not have a friend by his side telling him to continue his quest of love. The last excuse “You ‘Settled’” this excuse is just plan disappointing. How could a person give up on their hope, on all their aspirations and dreams? Daisy Buchanan settled for Tom because he was what she thought she needed at the time, if the love with Gatsby was so strong then how could she just end the relationship without as much as a second thought.
He had a “heightened sensitivity to the promises of life” and an “extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness such that [Nick] had never found in any other person and which [he will] likely never find again” (Fitzgerald). Gatsby has a hope that the future can be like the past. All experiences have an impact on those who experience them, leaving a scar that never disappears. Daisy never could love Gatsby the same way she once thought she did, because she was changed by her own experiences. Try as he might, Gatsby could not convince Daisy to say she truly never loved Tom, because she did love Tom.
The quest for happiness can be a long and winding path. One that Ethan didn’t know where to start from, or where to go when he got on it. He struggled in making key decisions to achieve happiness for himself. Instead of choosing happiness Ethan chose to isolate himself from others and not pursue his feelings although it went against his own moral code. In the novel “Ethan Frome” by Edith Wharton, the title character, Ethan, immolates his euphoria so he can obtain an improved quality of life for his family and to retain a superb reputation.
Furthermore, George talks to Lennie about the land and their dreams in a cold voice before he shoots Lennie, showing the signs that he didn’t actually believe in what he was saying anymore. “George shook himself...his voice was monotonous and had no emphasis.”(Steinbeck 103). George speaks in this tone which shows how he did not believe what he was saying to Lennie was true. George realized his dreams would never come true after being blinded by his own ambition to become successful for quite a while. Steinbeck uses motif and irony to show that chasing the american dream leads to ones misjudgement of reality.
Even though Kino succeeded in finding the pearl, success did not follow. “Kino’s fist closed over the pearl and his emotions broke over him. He put back his head and howled.” After wanting this pearl more than anything, Kino was forced to face his failure of saving his son. This failure was unbearable for Kino, as he had tried as hard as he possibly could. Kino completed the “American Dream”, he found the pearl that would save his son, but not in time.
When Nick tells Gatsby, “You cannot repeat the past,” Gatsby replies incredulously,“Why of course you can.” (Fitzgerald 116). However, Gatsby is blatantly proven otherwise when he meets Daisy’s daughter, who is a constant reminder of Daisy’s new life with Tom Buchanan, her husband. Gatsby realizes that this little girl will never go away and any life he might have with Daisy would include this new element. Even after Gatsby has seen Tom and Daisy's daughter he continues tries to deny the present. He insists that Daisy tell Tom she never loved him.
Morally, Jay Gatsby did not wish to pursue the American dream, he found himself looking for an answer that made him the man he was, the self-made wealth and happiness that he created was all a facade for a hazy future that he expected to come true, which never did. The ideal representation of Gatsby is the pursuit of your dream. Inquiring how he felt throughout the story, Gatsby’s dream was unachievable through the crooked ways he tried to win over Daisy. The front Gatsby put forth of achieving the American Dream was legitimate, however, he did not achieve his true happiness in life. The justification of how Jay pursued the American Dream was not behind his perspective as a bootlegger but his perspective as a man who was deeply in love.
His dream encompasses his entire being and sense of self. The entire basis for every action he does is because of his intense love for Daisy Buchanan, and his entire reason for existence is stolen away from him when Daisy will not rebuke her marriage with Tom. Before Gatsby is killed by George Wilson, Gatsby dies internally to himself, because he has no real reason to go on living. Without Daisy’s love or the prospect of attaining Daisy’s love, he has no reason to continue being Jay Gatsby. He did not care about wealth, prestige, or fame, only Daisy, and once he realizes this will never be reality, he is plucked from his way of life into a brand new world.
His only goal is to gain her love and he lives through that in the past. Gatsby is devoted to accomplish his goal to get Daisy meanwhile his american dream drifts away. He ends up alone because Daisy doesn’t return the same affection and he no longer contains the american dream. His image of Daisy grew in his imagination, leading herself to not be able to live up to the dreams that he has established in his mind. Fitzgerald shows the disappearance of an image by saying, “Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us.
4 Jay; Journey From the moment he meets her, Daisy is the only person Jay wants in his life, but it was never meant to be. "He might have despised himself, for he had certainly taken her under false pretenses. I don 't mean that he had traded on his phantom millions, but he had deliberately given Daisy a sense of security; he let her believe that he was a person from much the same strata as herself..." (Fitzgerald 156). From this point on, Jay 's only goal is to win over the affection of Daisy. Everything he does is to gain her attention and love, but this is ultimately Jay 's downfall.
Gatsby was blindsided in his attempt to achieve his american dream. He forgot to focus on his family, making himself happy, or even making friends. In the end Daisy ended up leaving Gatsby for Tom again. His american dream could not come true because it was all an illusion. Daisy never had and never would love Gatsby as much as he loved her.