To many people this personality would not come off as appealing, but Gatsby had fallen in love with Daisy, her uncaring personality had not bothered him, it was just something she could use to help herself get ahead in life. Like her husband Tom, they both cared about what was best for themselves. And poor Gatsby may have never mattered to Daisy at all. Thought of in harsh ways, “She’s a woman of ‘Vicious emptiness’ of ‘Criminal Amorality,’ a ‘destroyer’ and ‘femme redeemer.’” (The Problem With The
He gets so twisted up on the idea of love that he thinks in order for someone to love him, he needs to be rich. Ultimately he just wanted to be able to have Daisy and he didn’t care what circumstances he would have to undergo to get her. “So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen year old boy would be likely to invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the end” (Fitzgerald 98). He thought if only he could be rich he could have what he thought was the love of his life. This is not only a terrible way to think of what true love is, but also something that didn’t work for him either because he never won Daisy
The American Dream has always been extremely sought after, which is a topic F. Scott Fitzgerald covers in his novel, The Great Gatsby. The characters wish they had the Dream; wealth, security, fame, and love. The most significant characters who desire the American Dream, Jay Gatsby, Myrtle Wilson, and George Wilson, all die at the end. Despite background and amount of affluence, all characters live harrowing and unsuccessful lives. Fitzgerald uses symbol and character to build his theme of money does not guarantee people 's perceptions or dreams.
Just as the American Dream- the pursuit of happiness- has degenerated into a quest for more wealth, Gatsby’s powerful dream of happiness with Daisy has become the motivation for lavish excess and criminal activities. He used his dream to escape from his past, but then was stuck on hold for when he lost Daisy the only part of the dream he really cared for. Gatsby made a dream just for Daisy so she could be apart of his, but saw the meaningless of it when she didn’t choose him in the end. "Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther….
The novel The Great Gatsby is a modernist work by Fitzgerald. He projected the theme of American dream in this novel where people’s main motive was to live a luxurious life. The writers tries to combine the concept of American dream with the modernist approach and tells us that what is the true meaning of this dream for the people and how they have lost the basic concept of this dream. The American dream which Gatsby follows is to achieve Daisy who he loves the most but can not have her due to the changing situation. Daisy represents a modernistic woman who is very different from other women.
Thus, unlike the characters around her, such as the sneaky minister or the greedy lovers, Hester is the one character who lives by reality instead of appearance. The best example of this is her lifestyle before and after she is shunned. Before her exile, Hester recognizes the unjust nature of the laws around her. She refuses to follow them and present a façade of perfection and happiness. When Dimmesdale demands that she name her baby’s father and promises that her sentence will be lightened as a reward, Hester steadfastly refuses (Hawthorne, 1850).
The American Family Myrtle and George Wilson were once two passionate lovers, caring for nothing else in the world but each other. However, Myrtle’s selfish aura led her to fall in love with not a man, but a thing: money. She became unhappy with her husband and decided to move on to someone more enticing, someone wealthy like Tom Buchanan. In the novel The Great Gatsby written by Fitzgerald, the Wilsons are discontent with their lives by portraying the theme of how when money is involved, they will become dissatisfied with one another and turn to lives of greed and selfishness. The source of Myrtle and George Wilson’s problems is that they have different viewpoints on each other which lead to Myrtle’s dissatisfaction with him.
Their distancing during the development of the novel shows that they truly do not love each other for their qualities as people but the quality of their pockets and their name. Same can be said about Gatsby’s obsessive nature and his attraction to Daisy. The lopsided affair shows that Gatsby’s one true connection to Daisy was the ambition for a better wealthier life. As he values Daisy’s wealth and her ambition for a wealthier lifestyle. Gatsby places Daisy on a pedestal and very clearly is chasing a past that has moved on.
In the end, Gatsby was the true demonstration of the American dream. “Whatever the American Dream has become, it 's truest contemporary representative remains in Jay Gatsby, at once a romantic idealist, and above all a victim of his own High Romantic, Keatsian Dream of love” (Bloom 5). The American dream had changed but was still within Gatsby. Gatsby was the heart of the American dream, Daisy was the representation of his dream that had been destroyed because of many things getting in his way. Consequently, the dream had been lost and the meaning had been diminished.
Gil could also be a parallel to Gatsby because they both find love where it could never happen. Gatsby with the married Daisy who also has a child that he does not acknowledge, and Gil with adriana who is from a whole different time period than he is from. The second group of characters are the rich, like Inez and her parents as they parallel the Buchanans because they all are rich and care little about others but themselves. For example Inez says to Gil when he confronts her about cheating that “its whatever get over it”. She doesn't care about Gil or his feelings and she brushes the conversation off like it is nothing.