The Collapse Of Dreams In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

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    The novel, The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is about the American Dream, and the downfall of those who attempt to reach its illusionary goals. In the Great Gatsby the dream is that through wealth and power, one can acquire happiness. To get this happiness, Jay Gatsby must reach into the past and relive an old dream. In order to achieve his dream, he must have wealth and power.

 

Jay Gatsby is one character that longs for the past. He devotes most of his adult like trying to recapture it and dies in its search. In Jay's past, he had a love affair with a wealthy woman named, Daisy. Knowing he could not marry her because of the difference in their social position, he leaves her to make his wealth to equal her status. Fitzgerald shows Gatsby using a corrupt form of the American dream to acquire the wealth he thinks he needs to win Daisy. Gatsby had a pure dream, but uses a corrupt form of the American dream to acquire the wealth he thinks he needs to win Daisy's affection. Gatsby's energy has been directed into the pursuit of power and pleasure, and a very flashy, but empty form of success. Gatsby spends countless years obtaining his fortune for one purpose only, to win back Daisy.

 

Once he has gained this wealth, he moves close to Daisy and her husband Tom Buchanan, and begins throwing extravagant parties, hoping that she might show up at one of them. He, himself, does not attend his parties but watches them from a distance. When Nick receives an invitation to one of Gatsby's weekend parties, he is very anxious to attend because he has only admired them from afar. "I believe that on the first night I went to Gatsby's house I was one of the few guests who had actually been invited. People were not invited - they went there." (45). Nick discovers that Gatsby's parties are his way of demonstrating his wealth and success and his guests' way of escaping from their meaningless lives.

 

Eventually, Gatsby uses his new friendship with neighbor Nick Carraway to see Daisy again. At tea Gatsby asks Daisy to go next door to his house so he can show her around. Trying to impress Daisy with his wealth. "He took out...

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