Why Do Dreams Come True In The Great Gatsby

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Griffin Goldstein
Mrs. Steiner
English 10 C
23 April 2015
Gatsby Formal Paper Dreams are defined as a series of thoughts, images, and sensations occurring in a person’s mind. However, if mixed with hope, they can connotate to expectations, which may result in disappointment. In other words, dreams are intangible, not real, but humans insist on trying to make them come true. In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gatsby’s dreams for Daisy, the debutante daughter of wealthy southern aristocrats, are exaggerated, and Daisy will never live up to Gatsby’s expectations. As a young man, Gatsby has big dreams for a big future. He creates ambitious financial goals for himself which he later completes., and his dreams are about much more than just
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Gatsby’s dreams for her “had gone beyond her, beyond everything” (95). Gatsby pictures Daisy as someone she is not. He adds to his dreams for her “all the time, decking it out with every bright feather that drifted his way. No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart.”(96). Fitzgerald is foreshadowing danger and a downfall in this quote. He is saying that Gatsby’s love for her has become surreal, and it creates a distinct difference from the real Daisy and the Daisy Gatsby dreams of. The “ghostly heart”(96) insinuates how love is dangerous and …show more content…
Late in the novel Daisy is forced to choose between Gatsby and Tom, because of Gatsby’s remark “your wife doesn’t love you, she’s never loved you. She loves me.”(128). This is the boiling point in the novel because Gatsby finally confronts Tom. Gatsby seems to be sure that Daisy would choose him, he never even considers that Daisy might choose Tom over him. Daisy however does conform to make Gatsby happy and says that she never loved Tom. Even though she knows she loved him. Daisy feels immense pressure to choose, and then she realizes that Gatsby is just trying to restore their past. However, Daisy is more worried about the future. Gatsby thinks that the reason Daisy chose him is, because of their old relationship and how it used to be; whereas the true reason is, because Daisy thinks it will be better for her in the future. This is an example of how Gatsby’s over expectations are hurting their relationship. Gatsby’s imaginations of her have grown too great for Daisy to satisfy, and because of these illusions, Gatsby fails to tolerate that Daisy loved another. Now their love is set on track for inevitable doom as they realize they have separated too far apart. As a result, Daisy goes back to Tom, and Gatsby’s relationship with Daisy comes to a closing when “ she came to the window and stood there for a minute then turned out the light”(147). When Daisy turns out the light, she is

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