Great Gatsby And Dream Downfall

The Great Gatsby, a novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is about the American Dream,
and the downfall of those who attempt to capture its illusionary goals. This is
a common them central to many novels. This dream has varying significances for
different people but in The Great Gatsby, for Jay, the dream is that through
wealth and power, one can acquire happiness. To get this happiness Jay must
reach into the past and relive an old dream and in order to do this he must have
wealth and power. Jay Gatsby, the central figure of the story, is a character
who longs for the past. Surprisingly he devotes most of his adult life trying to
recapture it and, finally, dies in its pursuit. In the past, Jay had a love
affair with the beautiful and seemingly innocent Daisy. Knowing he could not
marry her because of the difference in their social status, he leaves her to
accumulate his wealth to reach her economic and social standards. Once he
acquires this wealth, he moves near to Daisy, "Gatsby bought that house so
that Daisy would be just across the bay (83)," and throws extravagant
parties, hoping by chance she might show up at one of them. He, himself, does
not attend his parties but watches them from a distance. When his hopes donít
show true he asks around casually if anyone knows her. Soon he meets Nick

Carraway, a cousin of Daisy, who agrees to set up a meeting, "He wants to
know...if you\'ll invite Daisy to your house some afternoon and then let him come
over (83)." Gatsby\'s personal dream symbolizes the larger American Dream
where all have the opportunity to get what they want. Later, as we see in the

Plaza Hotel, Jay still believes that Daisy loves him. He is convinced of this as
is shown when he takes the blame for Myrtle\'s death. "Was Daisy
driving?" "Yes...but of course I\'ll say I was." (151) He also
watches and protects Daisy as she returns home. "How long are you going to
wait?" "All night if necessary." (152) Jay cannot accept that the
past is gone and done with. Jay is sure that he can capture his dream with
wealth and influence. He believes that he acted for a good beyond his personal
interest and that should guarantee success. Nick attempts to show Jay the flaw
of his dream, but Jay innocently replies to Nickís statement that the past
cannot be relived by saying, "Canít repeat the past?...Why of course you
can!" (116). This shows the confidence that Jay has in reviving his
relationship with Daisy. For Jay, his American Dream is not material
possessions, although it may seem that way. He only comes into riches so that he
can fulfill his true dream, Daisy. Gatsby doesn\'t rest until his dream is
finally lived. However, it never comes about and he ends up paying the ultimate
price for it. The idea of the American Dream still holds true in today\'s time,
be it wealth, love, or fame. But one thing never changes about the American

Dream; everyone desires something in life, and everyone, somehow, strives to get
it. A big house, nice cars, 2.5 kids, a dog, a beautiful devoted spouse, power
and a ridiculous amount of money. That is the classical American Dream, at least
for some. One could say, an outsider perhaps, that Americans strive for the
insurmountable goal of perfection, live, die and do unimaginable things for it,
then call the product their own personal American Dream. Is having the American

Dream possible? What is the American Dream? There is one answer for these two
questions: The American Dream is tangible perfection. In reality, even in
nature, perfection does not exist. Life is a series of imperfections that can
make living really great or very unpleasant. Living the American Dream is living
in perfection, and that by definition is not possible, thus deflating our
precious American Dream. F. Scott Fitzgerald proves this fact in The Great

Gatsby, through his scintillating characters and unique style. Characters in
books often mirror the authorís feelings towards the world around them. In The

Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald suggested the moral decline of the period in American
history through the interpersonal relationships among his characters. The
situations in the lives of the characters show the worthlessness of materialism,
the futile quest of Myrtle and Gatsby, and how America Ďs moral values had
diminished- through the actions of Daisy, Tom, Jordan, and Gatsbyís party
guests. Despite his newly acquired fortune, Gatsby still cannot afford