Jay Gatsby And His Own Wonderland Analysis

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Jay Gatsby and his Own Wonderland The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, takes place in the Roaring Twenties. Jay Gatsby is a mysterious and ambiguous character, the story of his past does not correlate with his present. Gatsby is living a life filled with what the era stands for: glamour, parties, and materialism, but also falsity. One can argue his life is an illusion of his own making. His life at West Egg is a charade to regain his once lost love, Daisy. When Gatsby’s obsession with Daisy grows, his life becomes delusional and his goal of transformation distorted, leading to his death. Gatsby lives with the fantasy that he could build a life with Daisy, ignoring the tragedy of pursuing the unreachable. Consequently, Daisy is simply an illusion that represents what …show more content…
Daisy Buchanan is the golden girl with a life full of luxuries. Gatsby is lured by the idea of her, not realizing that she is unattainable. “For Gatsby, the definition of love is so simple, naïve and romantic” (Bui 43). As a credulous millionaire, he takes for granted he has finally reached Daisy’s high standards, of which he was not able to fulfill in the past. His gullibility led him to believe that Daisy will love him again. However, that is untrue as Daisy is still distant even with his vast amount of money. In a scene, Nick Carraway reveals Gatsby reaching out into the dark. “I glanced seaward— and distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and far away, that might have been at the end of a dock” (Fitzgerald 26). The green light represents Daisy, a dream he cannot reach, although it appears to be close. Daisy is across the bay, just like the green light. Despite her being so close, Gatsby has only seen her in his hopeless

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