Gatsby’s “Greatness” Greatness is showed by the choices we make in life. From how we see the circumstances and how we react to them. Gatsby is not as great of a man as Nick claims that he is. Gatsby makes foolish, childish and delusional decisions and not at all great.
They were living easily. He had not lied about how he grew up. Although, ever since he was a young caddie, he had dreamed of becoming wealthy, and being high on the social ladder. After college, he worked hard, and began a chain of laundromats. “I suppose he'd had the name ready for a long time, even then.
Beginning with becoming rich and buying the house across the Bay he developed an obsession with her. Unable to live his life, searching the papers everyday hoping to catch just a glimpse of her name to see what she was up to, Gatsby was setting himself up for failure. He never opened up to the idea that things could change and that Daisy could love someone else. Daisy pushed Gatsby away in the end because of the person Tom had made him out to be. She saw Gatsby as damaged which only damaged him more, leaving him to feel unloved by the person he loved
Tom expects Daisy to behave as the item he purchased for three hundred and fifty thousand dollars, becoming angry when she indicates she might have a mind of her own. Gatsby has had five years to build up Daisy in his mind, and even Nick acknowledges that “There must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams- not through her own fault but because the colossal vitality of his illusion. It had gone beyond her, beyond everything” (101). Though it is clear that not a soul could have lived up to Gatsby’s fantasy, she is still accused of ‘failing’ Gatsby and being responsible for his death. Daisy is simply the vehicle for Gatsby’s impossible dream, and not really a person to Gatsby at all.
With that bright twinkle in Gatsby's eyes, his optimism will shine through it all. Some might classify impulsiveness as a disease. However, to Gatsby it’s a matter of life and love principles. Gatsby is trying to convince Daisy to leave Tom, her husband, and live the rest of their days together. He says,” just tell him the truth-that you never loved him…”(Fitzgerald 132).
Daisy “wanted her life shaped now, immediately-and the decision must be made by some force-of love, of money, or unquestionable practicality-that was close at hand” (151). Tom provides security when it came to money and he fit the status quo. Daisy is more concerned about her social status than love. She would rather be high end and classy instead of waiting for someone she loves. Eventually Daisy and Gatsby reunite, but this relationship does not last.
He expresses love for Daisy, and hope for their future together. He displays confusion at the fact that Daisy could love him and Tom at once. Gatsby emotions can be somewhat blinded by his affection for Daisy. He is hardly impacted by the fact that Daisy killed a woman, and he “spoke as if Daisy’s reaction was the only thing that mattered” (Fitzgerald 142). Gatsby is fully ready to accept responsibility for Daisy’s actions.
Gatsby could not ignore that fact Daisy not only is a married woman. Daisy also has her own child with Tom making the act of leaving Tom more impossible. Greed also parallels to the idea of corruption leading to the fall of Gatsby. When finally reaching the goal a new probability, one that he claims all of Daisy for himself is reflected in the green light that can deter the too optimist Gatsby. After living the dream, it starts coming apart with Myrtle's death and imminent danger foreshadowed by Nick.
However, in chapter 7, during the confrontation, Daisy quickly rethinks her decisions and states, ‘I did love him once – but I loved you too’. As Gatsby hopes and expectations of them being together breaks the audience starts to comprehend that Daisy contradicting statements is purely because she is afraid to leave Tom. Tom came from a wealthy family and was highly respected in society. Daisy knew that life with him would be luxiourous and entirely satisfactory in terms of respect and wealth. In addition, the author is trying to convey to the audience that Daisy is too secure in her marriage with Tom to even consider leaving it.
Tom was arrogant in his ways and put himself before others. Even though he claimed to be loyal to Daisy, he could not hide his mistress from everyone. Tom was a brute of a man and claimed to be part of a master race. His arrogance and neglection of Daisy and others end up getting him into trouble. Gatsby did everything out of love for Daisy and it was as if he had blinders on and could only see a future for himself with her in it.
Gatsby’s dreams and aspirations in life are rather interesting and amazing as he goes about his life in the book. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald helps highlight the social, moral, and political issue that were very present during the 1920’s and today. Gatsby is the focus of the book as before the book began, he was an ex-soldier who came to wealth by some rather illegal ways. Daisy a married woman is his person of interest, who was his ex-lover 5 years before the book started. Gatsby’s actions, and words demonstrate a clear obsession with Daisy that seems to have no end.
Daisy is an ignorant woman, she destroys Gatsby’s dream and felt no guilt in leaving him. She feels safe as long as she had her money. She uses her money to cover up her wrong doings. Her ignorance and carelessness cause her to not understand the hard work behind the American
‘A Sense of Self’ Essay A Sense of Self is a unique quality that differs from one person to another and yet may involve multiple identities. Explore the extent to which the protagonists in the texts you have studied appear to possess one or more identities. Refer closely to the texts in developing your response. This essay will revolve around four main texts, namely ‘The Great Gatsby’, ‘Twelfth Night’, ‘New Selected Poems’ and ‘The Lost Continent’ by Scott Fitzgerald, William Shakespeare, Carol Ann Duffy and Bill Bryson respectively. ‘The Great Gatsby’ is a highly symbolic meditation of America in the 1920s.
Once Daisy begins to see Gatsby on a regular basis, Gatsby begins to encourage Daisy to leave Tom and create a life with him. In the novel, Nick observes, “He wanted nothing less of Daisy than that she should go to Tom and say: "I never loved you." After she had obliterated four years with that sentence they could decide upon the more practical measures to be taken. One of them was that, after she was free, they were to go back to Louisville and be married from her house—just as if it were five years ago.” Gatsby believes he can provide Daisy with a lavish and happy life that her unfaithful husband could never give