Unrealistic Dreams In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

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Everyone is always chasing a dream they have, hoping one day that they will get it or it will come true. Sometimes this might not be the best case because if someone's dream comes true, then what is next? In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald portrays a man, Jay Gatsby, who will never attain his dream to be with a girl, Daisy. Fitzgerald shows that unrealistic dreams will not be achieved; they are supposed to be practical and attainable because if dreams are unrealistic, then they will never be reached and will cloud reality. Gatsby failed to realize that his dream was unrealistic. Before he left for war, Gatsby attained his dream. He was happy, but he did nothing to keep his dream and did everything to lose it. Gatsby failed to …show more content…
Hopes and dreams shouldn’t be too easy to accomplish, so they should be based off of what is wanted in the future. Near the end of Gatsby’s life, he knew that daisy wouldn’t leave Tom to be with him. Despite knowing this, he still dreamt of it and tried to win her over. Gatsby’s dream always stayed as a future belief of being with Daisy, although he didn’t know that it was very unrealistic. At Gatsby’s funeral, Nick comments on how “[Gatsby’s] dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him” (180). Gatsby thought he had reached his dreams, but little did he know that they were just an unattainable future belief. Many dreams are centered around an impractical future belief, which is why they won’t be …show more content…
The book ends with “And one fine morning--So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past” (180) because on one fine morning we are supposed to achieve our dreams. By leaving it unfinished, Fitzgerald implies that we do not achieve our dreams; we just hope to achieve them. When Nick has Gatsby and Daisy over, Gatsby says “‘you always have a green light that burns all night at the end of your dock’” (92). He implies to Daisy that she is the green light at the end of his dock, or in other words, his dream. Fitzgerald is proving that people always have their dreams in front of them, but they will never reach them even though the dreams are always there. Ultimately, the book ends unfinished because that’s how people’s life quest is:

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