Jay Gatsby, one of the main characters in the novel, is one character who pursues his own dream. Throughout the novel, however, the readers get a sense of ignobility in Gatsby’s attempts to achieve his goal. In the novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald shows that the American dream is a pointless pursuit of empty wealth, the people who pursue the American dream are people who are blinded by “want”, and this pursuit merely leads to more desire and emptiness. Jay Gatsby's main goal in his life was to win Daisy’s love with his enormous fortune
Keep this in mind. Finally, Zelda’s parallel, Daisy, is portrayed in a very unflattering way. Daisy only loves money, which is why she ended up with an abusive cheater. Daisy only takes notice of Gatsby, the one who parallels her husband, after she discovers his wealth. Then, when he dies, she doesn’t even attend his funeral.
The first parallel between the two is the love interest that Gatsby and Fitzgerald both had. Neither one of them were rich, but they lied about their pasts for the women they loved. In the book, Gatsby was in love with a women named Daisy who would only be with him if he was in the same social status as her. He would met Daisy during the Great War as Lieutenant, when he was stationed in Louisville, Kentucky. Daisy wanted a rich successful man, Gatsby felt like had to try to impress her, in his mind this meant that he had to lie about his social class.
“She smiled slowly and walking through her husband as if he were a ghost and shook hands with Tom, looking him flush in the eye.” We can see the disinterest she has for George by comparing her attraction towards Tom. Even beyond George and Myrtle’s relationship, Tom and Myrtle’s relationship is just a shallow. Myrtle is attracted to wealth, which is why she married George to begin with. Although she might feel some deeper level of attraction towards Tom, perhaps even love, he has no intent of loving Myrtle. She is just another mistress to Tom, and he is willing to give her the lavish lifestyle that she so desperately wants so that he can get what he wants,
Rather than seeking out love the correct way, they both use the one thing they have too much of and that is money, to attempt and buy it with everything they have. Gatsby throws his incredibly large parties to attract Daisy. But no money can buy love, so Gatsby ends up losing Daisy again when she ends up going back to Tom. He comes to realise that he will never achieve to have that ideal world he dreamed of with Daisy. Kane goes through the same experience, although he does not recognize what love is, he understands when he is not loved.
One of the characters who show a lack of contentment is Ebenezer Scrooge. Mr. Scrooge is an extremely wealthy man who did not appreciate the abundance of wealth that he had and always wished for more. During a discussion that he and his nephew were having near the beginning of the play, Scrooge interrogated, “What right have you to be merry? What reason have you to be merry? You’re poor enough.” In return, his nephew replied, “What right have you to be dismal?
Even though Gatsby and Daisy were in love they were separated due to money. Young Jay was a poor man in the army, and Daisy was interested in the rich men like Tom Buchanan. Therefore the inner yellowness of Daisy married the rich man. Daisy’s attractiveness is only external, while Gatsby’s excellence is true on the inside. Daisy and Gatsby’s relationship would not have lasted due to this, and it did not.
Gil could also be a parallel to Gatsby because they both find love where it could never happen. Gatsby with the married Daisy who also has a child that he does not acknowledge, and Gil with adriana who is from a whole different time period than he is from. The second group of characters are the rich, like Inez and her parents as they parallel the Buchanans because they all are rich and care little about others but themselves. For example Inez says to Gil when he confronts her about cheating that “its whatever get over it”. She doesn't care about Gil or his feelings and she brushes the conversation off like it is nothing.
However, Myrtle’s ambition was money, because when Wilson neither produced riches nor at the very least, gave her the love initially wanted, she turned to Tom to receive them both. Myrtle was a “gold-digger”, but she also believed that he would genuinely love her and pick her over Daisy, even though Tom gave no indication of doing so. Like Daisy, breathed out wealth, Myrtle had breathed out vitality and sensuality, hoping for Tom to chose her as his love and for him to give her riches and luxury. As for Daisy, much like Myrtle, was also chasing both money and love, at different points in her life. Daisy, initially wanted love, and she displayed that, by first waiting for Gatsby and then once again when she was newly married with Tom.
In Victor Hugo's Les Miserables a constant battle of love and hate occurs, similar to a Nicholas Sparks novel. Constantly being drawn in by characters love for each other, as well as feeling strong emotion to the characters drifting apart, falling out of love, and betrayal. The tale of Les Miserables is filled with the battle of love and hate as well as the wealth and poverty within relationships. In Khaled Hosseini’s novel, The Kite Runner, Amir is a young boy growing up in Kabul. Even though he had parents and monetary wealth he never truly felt satisfied with his spiritual wealth.