In The Great Gatsby, many individuals are involved in a struggle to find themselves and who they want to be. Personal identity is a very challenging thing to define. Everyone has an image in their mind of who they want to be. These images are usually very different from the actual identity of a person. In this novel, Jay Gatsby’s search or struggle for a new identity for himself is an ongoing journey. He has dedicated his entire life creating an image to impress Daisy Buchanan and to set himself into her society. This image does not necessarily depict who he is in reality.
Jay Gatsby believes that wealth and power can lead to love and happiness. He spends his entire life trying to create himself and change his past so that he can rekindle his love affair with the love of his life Daisy Buchanan. The two were young lovers, unable to be together because of very different social statuses. After Gatsby learns that he cannot be with Daisy because of this, he spends the rest of his life attempting to acquire wealth and power.
Once Gatsby succeeds financially, he moves to East Egg near Daisy, who lives in West Egg, hoping that they will cross paths. His overly obsessive yearn to be with Daisy again leads him to host prodigious parties with hope that she will attend. At these parties rumors surface about Gatsby and his mysteriousness. People wonder what he does and how he makes his money. All the speculation adds to the wonders of Jay Gatsby and who he really is. Also, his name is actually James Gatz, but he changed it in order to create a new identity for himself. His name change, fictional past, and his glamorous lifestyle add to the unreality of his new identity.
Gatsby only succeeds in creating a new life for himself and creating a new identity to a certain extent. He acquires all his money and power through bootlegging alcohol. He does this and everything else he does to impress Daisy. His reason for doing anything he does is for her and in the end of the novel, he doesn’t even win her love. Even with his wealth and power, he...