“Now it was again a green light on a dock. His count of enchanted objects had diminished by one” (Fitzgerald, 93). The Great Gatsby, an astounding novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, provides a fantasy story of multiple affairs, parties, and tragedies during the roaring twenties. Full of illusions, ambitions, and dreams, The Great Gatsby also has the ability to crush the spirits and hopes by just the simple disappointments in life. Throughout the duration of the novel, Gatsby’s characters might seem like they are living a fairytale life at times, but they ultimately discover a false hope or inefficacy and disappointment in their lives.
Daisy and Gatsby acquire a passion for one another to say the least. Gatsby holds on to that love and when they met again, five long years down the road, Daisy comes in contact with the dread that has been lingering. Daisy is overwhelmed with tears when she realizes how much she misses Gatsby and how ...view middle of the document...
During the five years not spent with Daisy, Gatsby gained a magnificent mansion and fills it with astonishing parties in hopes that she might pop up there. It is an understatement to say that Gatsby longs for Daisy when she is not around. He worships her. However when they are together, Gatsby can’t help but have some disappointment in what he has before him. “Almost five years! There must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams-not through her own fault, but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion. It had gone beyond her, beyond everything” (95). An idol is what Gatsby had built Daisy up to be. He fantasized so much that there was a hint of disappointment when reality actually set in.
Yet again, Daisy falls short of Gatsby’s expectation. All he wants is the satisfaction of Daisy admitting she doesn’t and never has loved Tom and only loves Gatsby. To his surprise, Daisy confesses that she did love and still does. “I love you now-isn’t that enough? I can’t help what’s past.” She began to sob helplessly. “I did love him once-but I loved you too” (132). Gatsby is obviously dissatisfied when Daisy breaks the news. The fact that Daisy truly did love Tom at some point in her life is absolutely devastating to Gatsby because of all the things he has done just waiting for her to return back for him someday. The situation at hand is extremely difficult for Gatsby to bear due to this false idol and fantasies he has created of Daisy.
The Great Gatsby is a fabulous representation of the roaring twenties; everything was prosperous and seemed to have a bright future. In the novel, Gatsby has so much ambition and hope and worked so hard to reach his dream. He actually worked so hard that he exceeds his dream without even realizing he had. Although he is full of dreams and fantasies, he also becomes filled with reoccurring disappointment as a result of his dreams not fulfilling through to his reality. Occasionally pursuing dreams and idols may seem so close within reach, but unfortunately, they can ultimately result in life changing devastation and the greatest of disappointments.
Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York: Scribner, 1925. Print.