Jay Gatsby's Illusions In Fitzgerald’s American Classic "The Great Gatsby"

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In life, what we perceive tends to show misconception in how the thought plays out. A good example would be the character Jay Gatsby in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s American classic: The Great Gatsby. Gatsby was unable to distinguish between his love for Daisy, a reality, versus the illusion that he could recapture her love by establishing and inventing a fraudulent past. He believed he could repeat the past, and acquire a flaunting wealth. In the novel, Jay Gatsby seems incompetent in establishing a difference between the realities of his life versus the illusion he made out.
Gatsby’s more obvious illusion in the novel is his love he possess for Daisy Buchanan and thinking he has the ability to draw her away from her husband. The fire sparked between Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan was sparked when Gatsby was a young military officer in Louisville before he left to fight in World War I. Gatsby fell for the aura of luxury, grace, and charm that Daisy possessed. To confirm this illusion further, it was necessary for Gatsby to lie about his past in order to gather an attraction from Daisy. Unfortunately, Daisy promised to wait for Gatsby until he returned from the war to marry him, however, she was not able to, and married Tom Buchanan in 1919. Following the war, Gatsby attempted to receive an education by studying at Oxford. From this point on, Gatsby dedicates him self to gain the love of Daisy back. He did this by acquiring millions of dollars, a gaudy mansion in West Egg, and his extravagant parties. As the group of friends, Nick Caraway, Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan, Tom Buchanan, and Jordan Baker, travel into the city, Gatsby and Daisy make their love for each other obvious. Daisy and Gatsby ride in a car, separate from the group, to the city. Gatsby has the belief that Daisy is truly in love with him, and not with her husband. Upon arrival to the hotel, the group began sitting and conversing, when Gatsby tells Tom, “She never loved you.” This is referring to Daisy and Tom’s marriage. This is where a heated dispute begins and...

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