In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jay Gatsby almost lived out his American dream by finding the love of his life and almost fulfilling his dream to be with Daisy forever. In the beginning of the novel, Jay Gatsby made a dream for himself that he would have possibly been able to accomplish if his life had not changed. He lived as a necessitous child and eventually enlisted and went into the military. When he was younger he had a planner, where he kept his schedule for a daily routine, which was a symbol of him striving to achieve his dreams. “One other
At that time, the green light becomes bleak because Gatsby is holding Daisy, it means he already reaches something so the green light is now just a normal thing for him. Next, the green light is also represents Gatsby’s powerful lure of success or money. “ And as I sat there brooding on the old, unknown world, I thought of Gatsby’s wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock. He had come a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him, somewhere back in that vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night.”(Fitzgerald 180) Now Gatsby is died, his business, mansion, money and social positions are all lost.
There is also irony in that Gatsby continuously tries to distance himself from his past and the lower class lifestyle, yet he spends the entirety of his life trying to rewrite his past with Daisy until he sees that she isn’t someone truly worth his love. Jay Gatsby spends his entire life pursuing a dream because of his love for Daisy Buchanan, unable to see reality. Daisy symbolizes how dreams can tempt people and blind them from the truth. Dreams often fail to live up to your expectations. Gatsby’s unfortunate demise and relationship with Daisy show that you cannot pursue dreams for the future if they are grounded in the
Some might say that Gatsby is a “massive dreamer” or that he was delusional, living in denial I believe that Gatsby is a delusional dreamer. He expected far too much from Daisy, after not seeing her for 5 years. He was a man of hope he thought he can repeat the past and get Daisy back in his life, to the point where he would reach out for the green light which embodied Daisy. Gatsby was aware that Daisy had a daughter, yet when he looked at her, he was surprised. The daughter was never part of Gatsby’s dream, he only wanted Daisy and only Daisy.
In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald uses the green light as a symbol of Gatsby’s idealization of Daisy. “He stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way, and, far as I was from him, I could have sworn he was trembling. Involuntarily I glanced seaward--and distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and far way, that might have been the end of a dock” (Fitzgerald 20-21). The green light represents Gatsby’s dream to have a future with Daisy as she represents everything he desires, including her social status and wealth. Multiple times in the book the green light is referenced and represents the dreams of not only Gatsby but the American dream.
Gatsby’s Failure of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby Dreams are seen as a positive way to keep people going forward through their lives. However, dreams can blind people and not let them to see the truth. The novel The Great Gatsby written by F. Scott Fitzgerald criticizes the idea of The American Dream of not being able to be achieved. Gatsby is one of the characters in the novel that tries to achieve The American Dream. 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.
Haylie Garrison Mr. Kennedy English 11-7 March 28, 2018 American Dream In the book The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald the American dream in the 1920’s was very alive in the book. The love triangle, the mysteries, houses, parties, and the money all played a big role in the American dream. The eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg played a role through the book for the people in the valley of ashes, that helped them through the broken dreams that everyone dreamed of. It represented the eyes of god and how it could fix the broken dreams that everyone wanted to be fixed and how the eyes see everything you did even when you hide things. The green light at the end of Daisy and Tom’s boat dock which was just to warn boats but to Gatsby that was representing his love for Daisy and hoping to be together one day before he went to war.
Now it was again a green light on a dock. His count of enchanted objects had diminished by one.” Gatsby speaks on how he could see the green light nightly across the bay. But in that moment Gatsby loses himself with the thought of how the green light is nothing more than just a regular light. Because he is actually standing there holding Daisy it seems to him that he no longer needs to stretch his arms out towards the light. He has what he was longing for and the significance of this symbol holds no more meaning to
The American dream today is nothing but an insignificant belief that has been forgotten. But in The Great Gatsby, it is definitely something worth fighting for. Fitzgerald portrays Jay Gatsby as one of the only characters who truly attempts to grasp his dream of success. In this peculiar novel, Gatsby’s intention to fulfill his dream is distinct to no other. 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.