A Wrong Dream Leads To Self Destruction

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During a family reunion, I hear my parents and family member gossip about other families and problems. I would always tune them out or ignore them. However, on one of those reunions, I heard them talking about, a family friend, Ajay. They were saying that he left his family, friends, and his country for a girl. He went to a foreign country to have a fresh start in life or the American word, “personal rebirth.” He did that because he got rejected by the girl's family. Her family rejected him because he was not in their social class-“old money”. He believed that he could go to a new place, where no one knows him and start a new life. He thought he could make money and one day come back and ask her to marry him. After two years, he returned to India, with the money he earned. But when he got to India he found out that the girl was married to a man in his village. All his hope were lost, and he did not know what to do because all his life he had one goal: to marry this girl. He lost his beliefs in “personal rebirth.”
Just like Ajay, many men in society at first, think that personal rebirth is possible, but when met with failure they give up. In The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald, the main character, Jay Gatsby, spends most of his life believing in possibility of personal rebirth. Gatsby believes that in order to achieve his dream of having a life with Daisy he needs to be "someone"/wealthy which causes him to withhold from the reality. (leading to his destruction).

Even though Gatsby archives other dreams throughout his life, yet his main focus has always been a life with Daisy. Nick learns about Daisy and Gatsby's relationship from, Daisy's close friend, Jordan. Nick believes it is a coincidence that Gatsby bought the house across the bay, but Jordan, strongly disagrees saying, "But it wasn't a coincidence at all…...Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay” (78). This clearly shows that Gatsby buys the house across the bay due to his desire to stay close to Daisy. Gatsby admires Daisy. Gatsby was impressed by what Daisy represented, old money and a life full of luxuries. The newspaper clippings which he shows Daisy when she goes to his mansion is another example which vividly shows Gatsby's love for Daisy. It is evident that Gatsby knew of Daisy's activities when he shows her the clippings on their first meeting. "Look at this," said Gatsby quickly. "Here is a lot of clippings -about you."(90). In Gatsby case, distance made his heart grow fonder. He knows what he needs to do to get Daisy back, even if it means making his money by illegal means.
Gatsby mistaken beliefs cause him to think that he needs to be wealthy in order to achieve his dreams. Gatsby's mind is set to become rich because he knows that it is the only way he could get Daisy. During the visit from a reporter, Nick realizes that Gatsby is not who he said he is, Gatsby was lying about his past. Gatsby is so driven by his goals of becoming prosperous,...

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