Gatsby, at the beginning of The Great Gatsby, had told Nick about how successful he, and his family were, that he grew up with money, and that his family was also dead. That did not end up being the case as we later find out in the story. Gatsby had grown up very poor, unlike Dexter. Dexter did not lie about how he grew up. His family was in the middle class ranking because his father owned the second best grocery in the town.
He goes through extreme measures to try to reconnect with Daisy and achieve the American Dream. Once he is rich and famous, it would seem that Gatsby has achieved the American Dream. However, he is as far as possible from achieving what he believes to be his dream. Throughout The Great Gatsby, various characters express
The characters all define these characteristics and try to make their dream come true. Jay Gatsby is someone who has everything that most people pine for, but the one thing that he wants most of all is love. He has been in love with Daisy for many years and lost touch after he went into war. When Gatsby went into war and they lost connection, he found out that she married a wealthy man named Tom Buchanan. 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).
Both Jesus and Gatsby were sent here for a reason, Jesus was here for healing the sick and preaching the lord, while Gatsby's was “the service of vast, vulgar, and meretricious beauty.” There is a certain level of shame to Gatsby, reinventing a whole new persona to earn the respect from Dan Cody. Fitzgerald describes when Gatsby made this alter ego by saying that he was seventeen at the time, this proves that Gatsby has kept that mindset over the years, not letting go of it. This makes Gatsby look not only dedicated to his persona, but naive in the way he still had adolescent
Gatsby felt the school did not recognize the dream he had of himself because they were indifferent to his destiny. They did not care that Gatsby had huge dreams they still expected him to work and he chooses not to do the janitor work because he saw it as beneath him. Here we see Gatsby does not want to actually work for his wealth but wants it handed to him without it truly being earned. We later learn that to make his fortune Gatsby teamed up with Wolfsheim, a notorious crime lord, and they “bought up a lot of side-street drug-stores… and sold grain alcohol over the counter” (133). Here we see that Gatsby quickly fell into crime to make his money and used drug stores to sell illegal liquor.
Gatsby was destined to be self consumed and insecure. The only thing that could solve this was, of course, someone else to reinforce his homemade identity, and that someone was Daisy, the golden girl. Daisy exemplified everything Gatsby wanted in life. Five years ago Gatsby met Daisy while he was in the army, they fell in love. With self motivation he uses her to find himself in the world that has created him into the man that he is today.
Love leads to hardship and lies which is proven by Gatsby losing his life to Daisy who didn 't attend his funeral. Nick tried to call Daisy and tell her that Gatsby’s funeral was this afternoon, but she ran away with Tom. “But she and Tom had gone away early that afternoon, and taken baggage with them”(Nick 127). Gatsby didn’t get to say his goodbye to Daisy and lost his life for her. This shows the hardship that Gatsby had even when he died, due to the fact that Daisy didn’t come to his funeral.
Nick in The Great Gatsby personified the dwindling hope of Americans as they transitioned into the depressing Modernist movement. Prior to the war, Daisy had envisaged a life of happiness with Gatsby, but he did not return from the war soon enough and married Tom instead. Wilson's demeanor after Myrtle's death was delusional, unstable, and almost insane, causing him to think it logical to murder Gatsby. No character in The Great Gatsby possessed a candor personality; all of them lied at one point or another. Gatsby felt that every moment away from Daisy was a tribulation, further driving him to find and marry her.
"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.
During the 1920s prohibition was active and since alcohol was not legal, Gatsby decided that he should bootleg alcohol. This is greedy because when alcohol was seen as what caused problems such as crime, corruption and reducing the tax burden on the government, but Gatsby selfish means of getting wealth motivated him to sell alcohol illegally. Another way in which Gatsby is seen as selfish is him using Nick to get to Daisy. Gatsby acts as though Nick is a good friend of his just to enhance his chance of refurbishing the love that he once had for Daisy. Last but not least Gatsby’s parties symbolize how artificial wealth is, the people who attend Gatsby parties think that he is leaving this life where he is above of everyone else that around him and he cannot be touched.