The Great Gatsby's American Dream

Improved Essays
The Great Gatsby’s American Dream. The Great Gatsby, did he live his life pursuing the American Dream, or did he spend it chasing down the woman of his dreams? Jay Gatsby, while being a wealthy man, a party host and an assumed bootlegger spent most of his days following wealth and chasing it down with huge, crazy parties. Doing all of this just in thought that he’d lure the woman of his dreams, Daisy Buchanan, in one night and repatch the old love they had for eachother, but it also brought many problems his way. While trying to bring back the old love he and Daisy had it brought fights, tears, and ultimately death. However his life didn’t just bring bad things into his life, while trying to win back Daisy he met her cousin, Nick Carraway, …show more content…
Gatsby was a wealthy man, living and doing anything he really wanted to do. Living this lifestyle brought Nick wanting to live his life just as Gatsby had. However it wasn’t just for the wealth that Nick wanted that lifestyle, it was because of the passion Gatsby and Daisy had. The passion between those two didn’t just happen the night of one of Gatsby’s giant parties, it started before the war. Gatsby lost Daisy due to his lack of wealth and for going off to war. After returning from war and earning all of his wealth Gatsby settled in a house right across the bay from Tom and Daisy Buchanan. "It was a strange coincidence," I said."But it wasn 't a coincidence at all." "Why not?" "Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay” (Fitzgerald 43&44). However when Daisy returns into his life everything changes for Gatsby and Nick. But besides the Gatsby and Daisy relationships, Gatsby left a huge impact on the life of Nick Carraway. Nick accepted Gatsby in ways everyone else didn’t. He looked at Gatsby as a great man, and respected him for all the things he had achieved in his life. Gatsby served as a kind of role model to Nick, teaching him life tips and ultimately leaving a huge impact on Nick’s life. After the fight over Daisy that involved Gatsby and Tom, the death of Tom’s mistress, and the death of Gatsby, Nick’s life quickly fell into a …show more content…
Throughout the book Gatsby achieves wealth, love and success, however he didn’t end with the ultimate outcome he desired. After blowing up at Tom Buchanan’s house and losing his chance at Daisy’s heart he was soon pulled into a world of trouble. Shortly after the death of Tom’s mistress, Gatsby was killed for taking the blame of her death by the woman 's husband, George Wilson. The day of the funeral no one showed up, and after Nick attempted to call Daisy but she did not answer, purposely. “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy – they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made” (Fitzgerald 97). Some say Gatsby spent too much of his life chasing down Daisy. “paid a high price for living too long with a single dream” (Fitzgerald 88). Gatsby a man that could have lived life anyway he wanted spent all his time on a woman that turned out to ultimately not feel the same as he did, and after finding that out, in the fullness of time, led to his death. Daisy was a huge heartache for Gatsby, she led him on to a false result. She was, in lack of a better term, a waste of Gatsby’s time, and kept him from achieving the full American

Related Documents

  • Improved Essays

    Nick describe their behavior by saying, “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy—they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back to their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made…” (Fitzgerald 179). Daisy made a huge mess that included people that she loved, yet she inconsiderately refused to help if it meant losing status and money. Daisy became selfish and inconsiderate at the cost of achieving the illusion of her American…

    • 843 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    I can’t help what’s past.’ She began to sob helplessly” (132). Gatsby has such huge expectations for Daisy, because she is his dream. But in actuality this is too much to ask of a person, because it is impossible for her to change what has already taken place. Nick describes Daisy and Tom as “careless people… they [smash] up things and creatures and then [retreat] back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it [is] that [keeps] them together” (179). Daisy carelessly destroyed Gatsby’s dream by rejecting him, but to her it was not even of great consequence, as she just ends up back with Tom, still “safe and proud” with her money and class.…

    • 1194 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Gatsby managed to sacrifice his whole life to become Daisy’s dream guy. Although wealth and money were not inherited, he earned his wealth by bootlegging. Gatsby allowed his fantasy of having a life with Daisy control him. He risked his life by breaking the law just to become wealthy. Gatsby doesn’t realize is Daisy doesn't really love him.…

    • 747 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    When Daisy tries to pick Gatsby, Tom exposes Gatsby 's business partners and sources of money, leaving Daisy with no other option except Tom: "Her frightened eyes told that whatever intentions, whatever courage she had had, were definitely gone" (Fitzgerald 135). She appears "frightened" because Gatsby—her true love—misled her about his background. Her lack of "courage" stems from her realization that Gatsby takes advantage of her and that she never has a true option between choosing Gatsby or Tom. As a result, Gatsby and Tom fight over Daisy with no regard to her opinion, which makes her an object. Her rigid insistence on achieving the perfect ideal for women dehumanizes her and exemplifies what women need to…

    • 1083 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    She is in no state to drive, and she runs Myrtle over, killing her almost instantly. After this happens, his chance at having Daisy is over, and because of this, Gatsby stops caring about what happens. According to Arthur Mizener, “[Americans] are seldom content with a merely material life; that kind of life, as Gatsby’s life seemed to him after he lost faith in Daisy, material without being real” (Mizener 85). Gatsby is still alive, but to him his life is no longer real because his dream is over. Since Myrtle is killed with Gatsby’s car, George Wilson assumes that he is having an…

    • 1277 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Improved Essays

    In the Great Gatsby, Myrtle Wilson wishes that she could be rich like her lover, Tom Buchanan. She is not content in her life with George in the middle class and she ends up being killed in her attempt to be with Tom in the luxurious yellow car. Jay Gatsby is living out the American Dream, he had everything he wanted except for Daisy. In his attempt to get Daisy, Gatsby ends up getting killed because of all the mess that was going on. Nick Carraway moved to the east in hopes of capturing the American Dream for himself.…

    • 963 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    Something was up” (Fitzgerald 114). Daisy and Gatsby used Nick as a cover up and also as a distraction for Tom. After Gatsby died Daisy cut off connections with Nick further proving that she used him to get to Gatsby. “…Nick tries to hold a large funeral for him, but all acquaintances have either disappeared-Tom and Daisy, for instance, move away with no forwarding address…” (Chapter). Neither Tom or Daisy cared for Nick, they just used him to cover up their sins.…

    • 1395 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Improved Essays

    While pursuing this dream Gatsby made his fatal mistake. Jay was so consumed with getting Daisy that he went all out and tried to simply snatch her from her husband. This mistake made Daisy’s husband Tom so upset that he had Jay shot and killed. The second part of Jay’s dream was a great failure. Both of these stories also shared a similar story line in that both of the main characters were portrayed as somewhat of a modern day tragic hero.…

    • 970 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Since she is loyal to Tom, Gatsby ends up dying because Tom tells George false information. I think that Tom and Daisy are selfish people. They only care about themselves, their status, and wealth. They both take off and leave all of a sudden after Gatsby’s death without informing any of their friends. They escape from their problems and leave their mess for others to fix.…

    • 436 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    Similarly in The Great Gatsby many foolish decisions were taken by Gatsby which cause him to lose not only but also his life too. Gatsby lost his life because he didn’t tell anyone that Daisy was the one who killed Myrtle. This all happened because of Gatsby’s obsession to Daisy. He was so obsessed with Daisy that he spent large amounts of money on lavish parties to try and impress her. “He couldn’t possibly leave Daisy until he knew what she was going to do.…

    • 1085 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Superior Essays