Gatsby fails his overambitious pursuits of wealth and dreams.
As a young child living in North Dakota, he had dreamed of being great. He despised the poverty he was living in with his poor farmer parents and he longed for wealth and sophistication. He wanted to be a rich person, like the people of East Egg. He invented Jay Gatsby, who was “…the son of some wealth people in the Middle West—all dead now” (Fitzgerald 65). He became this fake persona who had grown up in a wealthy household and “…came into a good deal of money” because his family all died (Fitzgerald 65). He gained wealth by engaging in suspicious and illegal business with Meyer Wolfsheim, buying “…up a lot of side-street drug-stores here and in Chicago and sold grain alcohol over the counter” (Fitzgerald 133). He wanted to emulate the people who owned “…the white palaces of fashionable East Egg” but he became similar to the rest of the nouveau riche families, ostentatiously throwing around his wealth in the form of parties. While he has gained a substantial amount of wealth, he remains disrespected by the people of East Egg. Even Daisy was “…appalled by West Egg” and was offended by the party that Gatsby had invited her to (Fitzgerald 107).
Gatsby ultimately failed his goal in becoming one of the rich and escaping his background of poverty. While he managed to acquire a great amount of wealth, he becomes part of the West Egg, full of gaudy people who got rich either through luck or hard work.
Acquiring Daisy was another goal that Gatsby set for himself and throughout the novel, he desperately “…stretched out his arms toward…a single green light, minute and far away” (Fitzgerald 21). The green light was a symbol of Daisy and he didn’t realize that his dream was “…already behind him, somewhere back in that vast obscurity beyond the city” (Fitzgerald 180). That dream he had...