Daisy's American Dream In The Great Gatsby

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Anthony Loverher Mr. Cobb Per. 4 12/11/15 The Great Gatsby In the novel The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald communicates a message about people’s sacrifices in order to accomplish their dreams. Characters Nick Caraway, Tom Buchanan, Daisy Buchanan, and Jay Gatsby each have an idea for a perfect life but none of them were able to achieve them. Nick doesn’t share the basic American dream as the other characters. He strives to maintain honesty and mental values. Tom’s American dream was something he never had to work towards. He inherited his money from his parents. As a result he does not want anything to change and would find loosing Daisy as a huge downfall. Daisy’s American dream is to marry a wealthy man who will take care of her and live a life…show more content…
Gatsby held a strong desire for Daisy. Obtaining her would put an end to the magnificent life he created. In the end, Gatsby’s relentless desire for Daisy is what brought him to his downfall and inevitably face death. Gatsby believed that once he was reunited with Daisy, the time lost between them would fade away, as though it were a bad dream, and they would return to the way they did before he left for war. In the novel, Gatsby stated “Can’t repeat the past?... Why of course you can.”( Fitzgerald 110). Gatsby was chasing this allusion he created that things would go back to the way they did as though nothing ever happened. Gatsby never truly was in love with Daisy herself, but was in love with the idea of her. Nick states “It excited him, too, that many men had already loved Daisy- it increased her value in his eyes.”(Fitzgerald 157). The main message from Fitzgerald is money can’t buy you love. Gatsby fails to attract Daisy with his extravagant parties and magnificent mansion as a result of Tom exposing the truth of how he gained his money. Also, none of his party attendees show up to his funeral, besides Nick (Scribner 1). Money took over everything in each character’s life to the point where nothing else mattered. When you have too much money, you feel superior above everyone else and lose the true meaning to
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