Gatsby the Legend

by: Gavin McDaniel

Gatsby's dream was Daisy

Gatsby's dream was simple. He wanted Daisy,felt he had to have her and thought no other woman would suffice. "'I'm going to fix everything just the way it was before,' he said, nodding determinedly. 'She'll see.'" (Fitzgerald 110). Several years before, Gatsby did have Daisy but he had to leave to go fight in the war and that love never left him. We see that even though Daisy moved on and got married Gatsby thinks he can still make their relationship work. He was determined to succeed under any circumstance, "'No we couldn't meet. But both of us loved each other all that time, old sport, and you didn't know." (Fitzgerald 131). By saying this we see that Gatsby never lost love for Daisy. He has been pursuing his dream for several years. "'I can't describe to you how surprised I was to find out I loved her, old sport'" (Fitzgerald 150). Once again it is shown that the only thing Gatsby ever strives for is Daisy. He is so centered on Daisy that he seems to be oblivious to anything else.

Money: Symol

Money isn't a goal of Gatsby's but everything about his present self is associated with an opulence of wealth. "He saw me looking with admiration at his car. 'It's pretty, isn't it, old sport!' He jumped off to give me a better view." (Fitzgerald 64). He had so many admirable things because he was spending so much money to get the attention of Daisy. This shows that everyone that walked by saw his possessions and knew he was rich. In addition to nice cars, "'That huge place there?' She cried pointing. 'Do you like it?' 'I love it'" (Fitzgerald 90). By Daisy saying this we realize that his house is ginormous. Daisy has been rich her whole life so if she thinks its big, its big. The tipping point of his opulence is his wardrobe. "'They're such beautiful shirts,' she sobbed, her voice muffled in the thick folds. 'It makes me sad because I've never seen such-- such beautiful shirts before.'" (Fitzgerald 92). This is important because even his shirts were extremely expensive. He made it a point to where he would no longer be associated with nothing but wealth. From his house down to his clothes he lived a flashy life.

Mysterious but Friendly

Gatsby is a complex, layered character. He is a very mysterious person but at the same time is really friendly to everyone he meets. "'But I knew I had discovered a man of fine breeding after I talked with him an hour. I said to myself: 'There's the kind of man you'd like to take home and introduce to your mother and sister'" (Fitzgerald 72). This reveals the friendly nature of Gatsby. People that talk to him are drawn to like him even though they may feel skeptical about him. He does have some sketchy flashes about him though, "And with this doubt, his whole statement fell to pieces, and I wondered if there wasn't something a little sinister about him, after all." (Fitzgerald 65). the author said this because Nick catches some doubt in Gatsby's story so the reader also begins to question his credibility. It is one of those things where nobody knows him well enough to say he is wrong yet but there is mystery that unfolds. Acquaintances also bring negative credibility to him, "'Have you known Gatsby a long time?' I inquired. 'Several years,' he answered in a gratified way." (Fitzgerald 72). Meyer Wolfsheim is the man that threw the World Series and he is proud to have know Gatsby for several years than it brings even more mystery to this character Gatsby. He was always so secretive and Fitzgerald always left the reader wondering what kind of person Gatsby really was.

A hope that's Green

Gatsby to me, is best represented by green. "'If it wasn't for the mist we could see your home across the bay.' said Gatsby. 'You always have a green light that burns all night at the end of your dock.'" (Fitzgerald 92.) Gatsby always looks at this green light with hope that he will one day attain Daisy. This is what gives the color green as a symbol of hope and jealousy in the novel. His dream is really just hanging on a hope, "He couldn't possibly leave Daisy until he knew what she was going to do. He was clutching at some last hope and I couldn't bear to shake him free" (Fitzgerald 148). By saying this, Fitzgerald shows that Gatsby is not in control of the situation. He has hope that she will call him but he has no idea what his future with her really entails. "He wanted nothing less of Daisy than that she should go to Tom and say: 'I never loved you'" (Fitzgerald 109). This tunes in on both Gatsby's hope and his Jealousy. He stays hoping that Daisy will tell Tom that because he is Jealous that Tom is married to her and not himself.

The price of life

Jay Gatsby paid the highest price you possibly can for a dream. "If that was true he must have felt that he had lost the old warm world, paid a high price for living too long with a single dream." (Fitzgerald 161). His whole adult life all he wanted was Daisy. She was is simple, yet complex, single dream. He did some things to try to get money to impress her, "'That drug-store business was just small change.' continued Tom slowly, 'but you've got something on now that Walter's afraid to tell me about.'"(Fitzgerald 134). Getting involved in illegal business was a sacrifice. He could of ruined his reputation or ended up in jail and never even gotten the chance to get her. But that does not compare to his ultimate price. "The chauffeur-- he was one of Wolfsheim's proteges-- heard the shots" (Fitzgerald 161). "'Mr. Gatsby's dead'" (Fitzgerald 166). Jay Gatsby lost his life in pursuit of his American Dream. The ultimate price that nothing tops, he lost everything in the start of eternal darkness.


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