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Jay Gatsby: The Dissolution Of A Dream. Talks About One Of The Characters In Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby"

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A dream is defined in the Webster's New World Dictionary as: afanciful vision of the conscious mind; a fond hope or aspiration; anythingso lovely, transitory, etc. as to seem dreamlike. In the beginning pagesof F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby, Nick Carraway, thenarrator of the story gives us a glimpse into Gatsby's idealistic dreamwhich is later disintegrated. 'No- Gatsby turned out all right at the end;it is what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of hisdreams that temporarily closed out my interest in the abortive sorrowsand short-winded elation's of men.' Gatsby is revealed to us slowly andskillfully, and with a keen tenderness which in the end makes his tragedya deeply moving one.Jay Gatsby is a crook, a bootlegger who has involved himself withswindlers like Meyer Wolfsheim, the man who fixed the 1919 WorldSeries. He has committed crimes in order to buy the house he feels heneeds to win the woman he loves. In chapter five Nick says, '...and Ithink he revalued everything in his house according to the measure ofresponse it drew from her well-loved eyes.' Everything in Gatsby's houseis the zenith of his dreams, and when Daisy enters Gatsby's house thematerial things seem to lose their life. Daisy represents a dreamlike,heavenly presence which all that he has is devoted to. Yes, we shouldconsider Jay Gatsby as tragic figure because of belief that he can restorethe past and live happily, but his distorted faith is so intense that heblindly unaware of realism that his dream lacks. Gatsby has accumulatedhis money by dealings with gangsters, yet he remains an innocent figure,he is extravagant. Gatsby is not interested in power for its own sake orin money or prestige. What he wants is his dream, and that dream isembodied in Daisy. Ironically, Daisy Buchanan, is a much more realistic,hard-headed character. She understands money and what it means inAmerican society, because it his her nature; she was born into it. Gatsbyintuitively recognizes this, although he cannot fully accept it, when heremarks to Nick that Daisy's voice 'is full of money.' Gatsby will notadmit this essential fact because it would destroy his understanding ofDaisy. In the end, this willful blindness helps lead to his ultimate tragedy.Gatsby is a romantic, a man who began with a high and exaltedvision of himself and his destiny. He aspires to greatness, which heassociates with Daisy. If he can win her, then he will have somehowachieved his goal. Gatsby's wealth, his mansion, his parties, hispossessions, even his heroism in battle are but means to achieve hisultimate goal. Gatsby is...

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