Examples Of Dreams In The Great Gatsby

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The Past Brings Impossible Dreams The Great Gatsby tells an extraordinary story of dreams and reality through the journey of Jay Gatsby. Gatsby is controlled by his dreams from the past, which cause an obsession with reaching them. Gatsby gets caught into the past dreaming while he tries to create his own American dream, but the reality is that the past is pulling him back from obtaining his dream. Dreams are imaginations that are created in the mind and are turned into hopes, however Gatsby continues to hold on to the last bit of hope, not realizing the disappointment of realization. Gatsby has the dream of being with his love, Daisy Buchanan, and becoming wealthy was a way he thought would help his chances with Daisy. This wealth did not help, but only diminished the possibility…show more content…
The first sight Nick had of Gatsby is when “he stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way, and, far as I was from him, I could have sworn he was trembling. Involuntarily I glanced seward—and distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and far away, that might have been the end of a dock” (Fitzgerald 21). The dock of the green light belonged to the Buchanan’s. This miniature green light represents the hopes Gatsby desire to have and him reaching out to the light shows him trying to accomplish it, but he never actually grasp the dream itself. Gatsby built his dream up to such extremes that Daisy could not even match his expectations of her. The illusion of Daisy being beside him “had gone beyond her, beyond everything. He had thrown himself into it with a creative passion, adding to it all the time, decking it out with every bright feather that drifted his way (Fitzgerald 96). His desire over Daisy grew over the past five years since they have met, causing him to create an imagination that was not possible. Gatsby refused to see the
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