The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

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The Great Gatsby is a love story between new money Jay Gatsby and old money Daisy Buchanan, as they meet for the first time in five years since Gatsby left to fight in World War I. When Gatsby returns from the war, Daisy is married and he works to save up enough money to throw extravagant parties, in hopes of getting Daisy to walk into one and meet him. No matter how outstand Gatsby’s efforts may seem, he is not truly in love with Daisy, but rather is infatuated with how she is a symbol of status and is driven by his desire to rise up the social food chain. This leads to Gatsby’s ultimate downfall and portrays real life consequences of when a relationship is based on the selfish and materialistic desires of one person.
Gatsby’s interest in Daisy was motivated by his American Dream of working hard, getting rich, and moving up the social food chain. For his entire life, Gatsby has dreamed of being rich, going as far as not accepting his parents as being his true parents because they were “shiftless and unsuccessful farm people.” (cite) He reinvented himself into “the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen-year-old boy would be likely to invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the end.” When Dan Cody came into his life with a “yacht represented all the beauty and glamor in the world,” Gatsby left home and chased after his American Dreams. Later in the book, Gatsby describes Daisy’s voice as “full of money,” which gives us key insight as to why Gatsby fell in love with…

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