Gatsby is always throwing huge parties, and he know by practically everyone. There is no way Gatsby is not larger than life. Additionally, Gatsby’s main goal in his life is to find self-fulfillment with Daisy. She’s the reason he became wealthy in the first place. She is also the reason he throws so many parties and bought a house across from her.
Gatsby and The American Dream. Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby, is one of the most read books for its main idea of the American Dream and all its luxuries. According to Callahan; “It also stood for an American reality that, combined with “an extraordinary gift for hope” and a “romantic American reality that, combined with “an extraordinary gift for hope” and a romantic readiness.” The American dream is represented by several main characters such as Gatsby, Tom and Daisy and their status in the society they lived in. However, many argue that Gatsby is not truly living the American Dream. Gatsby is not truly living the American dream because he is striving for success and wealth for the wrong reasons and in the end, he was unable to achieve
The American Dream involves putting all your effort and hopes into accomplishing an impractical but meaningful goal. The novel The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald explores the American Dream through the eyes of James Gatsby. The novel The Great Gatsby, by author F. Scott Fitzgerald, is about a wealthy man named James Gatz,also known as Gatsby, who tries to win back his love Daisy, who has married another man named Tom. Gatsby throws huge parties to try to show off his wealth and lifestyle to catch Daisy’s eye, however, after Daisy and Gatsby finally reunite, an accident that occurs while the two are in Gatsby’s car ultimately results in Gatsby’s death. Fitzgerald uses symbolism, simile, and metaphor throughout his novel to express how Gatsby’s dream was mainly materialistic and he wasn’t able to fully achieve his dream or find fulfillment.
The desire to be wealthy instills in all individuals. The extent of that desire, however, can vary from one being to another. The consensus of the American dream originates from the concept that, in a free society, anyone willing to persevere can be prosperous. F. Scott Fitzgerald portrays how an individual in the name of Jay Gatsby, in theory, achieves the American Dream, in his novel, ‘The Great Gatsby.’ By accomplishing the American Dream, Gatsby’s desire to truly be a part of the class of the rich and wealthy should be adequate. However, as Philip Cross mentions in his article ‘Great Gatsby strains the rich-poor gap,’ “Gatsby vaults from the lower to upper class, but the rich girl still won’t marry him,” which questions the value of the
While “The American Dream” to other characters to other characters is achieved by reaching the top of the social hierarchy and amassing wealth, Gatsby wishes for a person: Daisy. Along his journey to finally having Daisy within reach, he had gained the wealth that others consider to be their American Dream. One of the most prominent reasons as to why Gatsby cannot have Daisy is because he is seemingly stuck in the past. As the pair was being reunited for the first time in nearly 5 years, Gatsby knocks over the “defunct mantelpiece clock” (91). The clock was no longer working, which symbolizes how Gatsby is brooding over the past, and Daisy’s clock has moved onward.
The 1920’s base you mostly from your race and social class not to mention everyone wants to chase this American Dream. Gatsby represents a person who hard works in order to achieve his dream, but is unable to because of his social class and time. Gatsby refuses to believe that time can’t change because internally he wants things to go back like how they use to after he has gained something that use to be a weakness that prevented him from marrying
“Even though Gatsby had struggle with false identity, he was goal-oriented and hope-oriented, an idealist” (Bunce). Even though he was raised poor, he believes that he can achieve his dream of wealth and Daisy’s love. While Gatsby is away at war, Daisy meets and marries Tom. This does not stop Gatsby from making his dream a reality. First, he obtains wealth, although illegally, to impress Daisy.
He was never content with what he had, always driving for self-improvement. His uncontested drive was what lead him to achieve much of what he desired, however it was this same drive that became his fatal fault. From a young age Gatsby created a fantasy in which he would become a wealthy and powerful man, and when it came time to make his fantasy a reality he made careless decisions in order to obtain it. His desire and lust for money outweighed his moral compass and he turned to illegal methods, such as bootlegging, in order to gain wealth. Gatsby set off the impression of being a nice and kind guy to the general public but behind the closed doors he could be ruthless in order to get what he wanted.
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.
The pursuit of the American Dream brings negative results to Gatsby because he becomes greedy, unrealistic, and dishonest, which shows that chasing dreams can destroy one’s life. Gatsby fails to accomplish the American Dream by being too greedy on wanting love. He works hard in life in order to be the man that Daisy wants him to be. The moment Gatsby meets Daisy again; she has a husband already. Although Gatsby knows that she marries Tom, he still wants to be with her.