Money Can 't Buy The American Dream Essay
Although Jay Gatsby is able to complete the materialistic aspects of self-made success, he represents a failed American Dream because he does not have true relationships, is consumed by an impossible goal, and has a delusional sense of reality.
‘“I wouldn 't ask too much of her,’ I ventured. ‘You can 't repeat the past.’
‘Can 't repeat the past?’ he cried incredulously. ‘Why of course you can!’
He looked around him wildly, as if the past were lurking here in the shadow of his house, just out of reach of his hand.” (Fitzgerald 114). In the novel, The Great Gatsby, Gatsby is so consumed by his love for Daisy and his dreams of being with her it has distorted his sense of reality. Daisy has been married for five years, and even though her husband Tom may not be her dream husband, too much time has passed for her and Gatsby to resume their relationship. Gatsby fails to realize this and is unaware that time has caused Daisy to lose feelings. Gatsby has come as close as he can to accomplishing this, but it is not possible. The image replacing the nine is a daisy, symbolizing Gatsby’s dream for Daisy. Gatsby is reaching for it with his right hand but it is out of his reach. Gatsby’s hand is also the hand on the clock he is on, symbolizing time and the past as an uncontrollable force, which Gatsby is constantly trying to change revealing his delusional sense of reality. “‘Your wife doesn’t love you,’ said Gatsby. ‘She’s never loved you. She loves…