The Thin Line between Dreams and Reality in The Great Gatsby
Differentiating between reality and dreams can be difficult in a world of wealth, lies, and alcoholism. The characters of The Great Gatsby seem to live the lives of Greek gods, believing that they are immortal and immune to the perils of common people. They party all day and all night, dressed in evening wear (as opposed to a work suit) sipping on expensive liquors. They have no sense of the lives led on the other side of town (or down Mt. Olympus). Living in a world of uncertainty, influenced by alcohol, distorted by wealth, distinguishing what could be and what really is can be difficult.
No one knows what tomorrow has in store for him and when he lives his life daily just to please another person, uncertainty magnifies itself. The lives of the characters are evidence of insecurity and uncertainty about who they are and what their purpose is in the world. Each character is searching for something outside of them to obtain happiness, chasing dreams and dismissing reality as best they can. The parties, the alcohol, and infidelity are all outlets that mask who they truly are and the fear that they really feel. They make special provisions to separate themselves from the lower classes and anyone who is unlike them. All the people in this town are suffering from the same enigmas.
Jay Gatsby met Daisy Buchanan during his army life. He was a poor boy who inadvertently fell in love with a rich elitist. At that point he made his dream a reality by making himself into someone he was not; he did not even give Daisy his real name. From then on he turned his reality into a dream. His reality (being a criminal) could have come to surface in the twinkle of an eye with a small inclination from a reputable citizen. Gatsby's dream was to live happily ever after with Daisy. He dreamed that Daisy would leave Tom so they could run off and be together. When they went to New York Gatsby practically begged Daisy to tell Tom that she never loved him "…Just tell him the truth- that you never loved him-and it's all wiped out forever (Fitzgerald, 139)." Gatsby's reality, after his initial encounter with Daisy, was to work hard and become wealthy so that he could win her heart. The reality...