In fact, after Kent tried to calm him down and have him reflect on what he was doing, Lear got angry and banished Kent as well, who was his right hand man. As the play progresses, Lear’s madness is exposed again and again. One spot in particular that really demonstrated his loosening grip on reality was in scene four of act three when after talking to Poor Tom, he ripped off his clothes (3.4.107-108). He had been talking to Poor Tom after leaving his horrible daughters at Goneril’s home, venturing into a nasty storm, and was completely unphased by the crazy things that he is telling him. This part of the play was a big moment because it captured one of the key moments in Lear’s downward spiral into insanity.
Gatsby's fantasy was unattainable on the grounds that it didn't generally exist. He is stuck not being able to go back to the past and recreate that life he longed for as a boy, and cemented not being able to move forward either and that is where his great tragedy comes in. Gatsby's tenacious quest for Daisy which represented the American Dream is the what ends
Daisy is incapable of giving him the new dream he really wants. This is when he loses Daisy. When Gatsby is not satisfied with his original goal, “He gave that up, and only the dead dream fought on as the afternoon slipped away, trying to touch what was no longer tangible, struggling unhappily, undespairingly, toward that lost voice across the room” (Fitzgerald 134). His asking for too much leaves him longing for Daisy’s affection. Fitzgerald makes Daisy’s love for Gatsby a sparkling jewel beyond the reach of Gatsby’s fingertips (Kuehl).
Fitzgerald in the novel, uses careless individuals who would destroy everything and everyone and yet still manage to retreat back to their money. Daisy Buchanan, the ‘golden girl’ is rather dishonest and deceitful throughout the novel. As she starts having her affair with Gatsby, she creates unrealistic expectations in Gatsby head about their future together. As Gatsby is having drinks at the Buchanan’s, Tom leaves the room and Daisy kisses Gatsby and declares, ‘I don’t care!’ At this point, the audience realizes that Daisy is and always was in love with Gatsby and that she was prepared to leave Tom. However, in chapter 7, during the confrontation, Daisy quickly rethinks her decisions and states, ‘I did love him once – but I loved you too’.
It is something that plagues almost all characters in the novel. Tom Buchanan and Myrtle are unhappy in their marriages, which is why the two lead secret lives together away from their spouses. Nick Carraway moves back and forth from West to East, being unsatisfied with prior and present living situations. Jay Gatsby dreams of having Daisy in his life and never finds peace, ultimately bringing his dissatisfaction to the grave. Had there not been dissatisfaction in the novel, the plot would be non-existent and destructive major events would have never had happened.
His dream was to get rich so he could end up with Daisy. However, Gatsby made the mistake of believing that money could buy a woman’s love. This is a main theme in the book because the falsehood of the American Dream often leads to the pain and agony of others or yourself because money cannot buy you happiness. In The Great Gatsby, the goal of all of the main characters was to be rich. Some were born into rich families, such as Tom.
His motivation to win back Daisy, the continuous progress of his social status, and his obsession for excessive luxury will all guarantee him attaining his American dream, but most importantly, attaining Daisy. Gatsby’s dream is composed of one major factor, and motivator: Daisy. The fact that Tom has Daisy and Gatsby can’t have her, makes Gatsby crave her more, leading him to the American Dream. Gatsby “revalued everything in his house according to the measure of response it drew from her well-loved eyes”, which depicted his unconditional love for Daisy. This depicts Gatsby’s love for Daisy and of how powerful it is.
America has given us the American dream but has not given us the capability to go beyond our past. Nick tells us that Gatsby, as a young poor soldier, originally meets Daisy in Louisville and he instantly is captivated by her wealth; worry-free attitude, and social status. During their dating, Gatsby recognizes meeting Daisy has changed him forever. “Then he kissed her. At his lips’ touch, she blossomed for him like a flower and the incarnation was complete” (Fitzgerald 117).
She becomes scared and runs out of the room. In the book, Daisy is shocked at what is revealed about Gatsby's business, but never becomes afraid of him. “ It passed, and he began to talk excitedly to Daisy, denying everything, defending his name against accusations that had not been made. But with every word she was drawing further and further into herself, so he gave that up, and only the dead dream fought on as the afternoon slipped away...”(Fitzgerald). On the other hand, Baz Luhrmann paints Gatsby as a violent and aggressive character.
Unhappy Relationships Relationships are complicated. “The Great Gatsby”, where people leave each other, cheat on each other, and they lie and then they die, exemplifies this idea. Some do stay together throughout the book but in the end its not what they wanted. Fitzgeralds theme of unhappy relationships in The Great Gatsby is shped by Gatsby, Diasy, and Tom in order to convey the idea that no one ended up together happy because of everyone interfering with everyone elses relationships. Gatsby chases his dream of being with Daisy, but it was never fullfilled.