Unfulfilled Romantic Dreams In The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Unfulfilled Romantic Dreams As Jay Gatsby, a romantic dreamer, gazes across the Long Island Sound, he can only fantasize about what his life would be like if he were married to Daisy Buchanan. This dream of Daisy, a beautiful yet careless woman, reminds Gatsby of his past and how far he has come. Gatsby remembers the glittering life he has built, and hopes Daisy will be impressed enough to leave her husband, Tom, to marry him. Jay Gatsby and his author, F. Scott Fitzgerald, share the same desires and tendency to fall in love with wealth and materialistic women. They both hope to find a perfect woman, but eventually come to the realization that these “perfect” women are deeply flawed. These women in the 1920s valued money and social status …show more content…
The Great Gatsby is directly parallel to Fitzgerald’s current relationship with Sayre and his past relationship with King. It is as if Fitzgerald dedicated The Great Gatsby, like many of his other writings, to Sayre as a way to communicate what he was feeling. It could be that Fitzgerald wanted Sayre to see herself in his writing. Fitzgerald “transmuted their two biographies into fiction” in which creates the dramatic romance story (Shain 91). Daisy embodies the romantic dream “a dream that Tom may have had once and has forgotten, a dream that controls Gatsby” (Baker). Tom is a parallel to the life Fitzgerald was currently living when writing The Great Gatsby. He was living with a Sayre who was all that he desired; however, he was still unhappy. He was unhappy because he wanted more, but had to settle for what he could obtain. The marriage between Tom and Daisy exist not out of love. The marriage itself, from Gatsby’s point of view, is what is keeping him from Daisy. This marriage between Daisy and Tom relates to both King’s and Fitzgerald’s marriage, Fitzgerald was forced to move on from King because she found another man. However, the marriage between Daisy and Tom has a deeper meaning as well. Their marriage exists for its benefits (Noden). Sayre married Fitzgerald for the money and the publicity. This marriage is the same case with Daisy. Gatsby describes Daisy as having a voice full of money (Fitzgerald 99). By describing his dream as “full of money,” Gatsby “is not saying that he loves money or that he loves both Daisy and money, but but that he loves what the possession of money has done for Daisy’s charming voice” (Shain 92). Fitzgerald, here, is writing about the benefits of having money. With money he was able to marry Sayre and create a life with her that otherwise would not have existed.

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