Like most Americans, Gatsby’s hope is accomplishing his lifelong dream, earning Daisy’s love. Fitzgerald showcases this expectation throughout the novel through the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock. Gatsby had always loved Daisy; however, Gatsby was never able to accept that she had loved and married Tom as he states, “She only married you because I was poor and she was tired of waiting for me. It was a terrible mistake, but in her heart she never loved any one except me"(Fitzgerald Chapter 7)! Based on Gatsby’s remarks, he feels that the only reason why Daisy left him was because she wanted to maintain the social class she was born in and continue to be spoiled with the luxuries that an ordinary human being may not be able to enjoy; as a result, Gatsby made it his goal to amass a large amount of wealth and earn the love of Daisy once again.
In the novel, The Great Gatsby, Nick Carraway was given some advice from his father that “Whenever you feel like criticizing any one, all people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” (Page 1) Nick was inclined to reserve all judgments, but his father’s advice revealed its truth when encountered with Tom and Daisy. The married couple were two different individuals with the same behaviors of being: untrustworthy, selfish, and inconsiderate. Tom and Daisy portrayed a very perfect lifestyle, but in the mist of that lifestyle being ideal, there was no commitment or trust between the two. From the novel, Miss Baker mentioned to nick that there was a woman in New York associated with tom. (Page 15) Later in the story, it was discovered that the name of the woman was Myrtle Wilson.
Tom Buchanan was a man who valued appearances, appearances that to anyone outside of his home would idealized. Yet, this marriage had little foundation, because Tom never attempted to get intimate with Daisy. She had been flattered when Tom had asked her hand in marriage, due to his “wholesome bulkiness about his person and his position” (120). They did not love each other causing distance between the two of them and leaving Daisy vulnerable to the attentions of Gatsby. Yet, when he learned of their relationship, he showed no fear because she was not going to leave him, especially not for someone who would have “to steal the ring he put on her finger”(106).
Both Kurt Vonnegut and Sherman Alexie utilize unreliable narrators in this exact fashion with their novels “Slaughterhouse-Five” and “Flight”. Throughout Flight and Slaughterhouse Five, both authors utilize this element in order to push forth their intended theme of anti-violence. Throughout their respective plots, we can see evidence of Billy Pilgrim, the main character of Vonnegut’s novel, and Zits, the protagonist of Alexie’s story, both being unreliable narrators due to confirmation throughout each novel and the wild ideas within each character’s minds. Furthermore, we can connect the existence of the two character’s status of unreliable narrators to show how their unreliability is used in order to weave both novel’s themes of
If Gatsby told Daisy the truth of how he got his money, she would surely leave him. But if he kept it a secret, all would be well and Gatsby’s dream would beat on. Gatsby had to deceive Daisy to make it seem that he had been living the American Dream through morality, not through corruption. Gatsby’s knowledge was that these lies would help him get Daisy back, but he never took into account the beating his morality would take. As the cookie crumbled, so did Gatsby’s dream.
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.
She would have never wanted Gatsby if she new the truth, that he was poor. Gatsby wanted to cover up the fact that he is new money by overdoing it with his parties and money. Everything he does is so he can get Daisy, but unfortunately it fails. Despite all of his efforts to win Daisy back he is unsuccessful due to the fact that he is new money. Gatsby was able to learn from the failures of his past but the one thing that he could not get over is the loss of Daisy.
McAdams makes the argument that not only is the novel’s setting equivalent to a real time in the United States, but also some of its characters are as well. Fitzgerald paints Tom Buchanan as the antagonist of the novel because he is all that stands in Gatsby’s way of Daisy, similar to how Ginerva King married a wealthy suitor over Fitzgerald. Daisy is unable to consider marrying Gatsby until he has found wealth for himself much like Fitzgerald’s wife Zelda waited for him to find more financial stability before agreeing to a marriage. Fitzgerald creates the character Gatsby that is simply a poor boy doing all that he can to marry a rich woman. This is Fitzgerald’s commentary on the injustices of the class system.
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.
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.