The Great Gatsby Project

By: Ricky Ngo

Gatsby's Dream

Jay Gatsby strives to acquire wealth so that he may win back Daisy, the woman he loves. "There must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams — no through her own fault but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion. It had gone beyond her, beyond everything. He had thrown himself into it with a creative passion…"(Fitzgerald 92). Daisy is Gatsby's dream girl. He can not stop dreaming about her and put himself in a obsession with her. "He wanted to recover something, some idea of himself perhaps, that had gone into loving Daisy. His life had been confused and disordered since then, but if he could once return to a certain starting place and go over it all slowly, he could find out what that thing was." (Fitzgerald 110). Gatsby see Daisy and can not help but love her, even though she is married to Tom. He wants to start where they left off five years ago."It excited him, too, that many men had already loved Daisy--it increased her value in his eyes."(Fitzgerald 149). Gatsby had this image in his own mind that Daisy was absolutely perfect and flawless. He was still was in love with her but she was not as perfect and flawless as he had made her out to be.

Symbol- Dog

Gatsby is like a dog trying to chew on a bone. The dog is determined and will not stop until it achieves its goal. But ever if it chews on the bone it will not complete its hunger. "I'm going to fix everything just the way it was before, he said, she'll see". (Fitzgerald 110). Like a dog always going back to what he is loyal to. Even though he might get mistreated. "I want you and Daisy to come over to my house."(Fitzgerald 89). He only wants one thing, like a dog wanting a bone. He want to be with Daisy."She never loved you, do you hear? she only married you cause i was poor." (Fitzgerald 130). Try to take a bone from a dog, not gonna work. Gatsby fight for his woman and stand up for himself, like a dog protecting his master.

Gatsby's Traits

Gatsby is a hardworking and determined man on a mission. "Can't repeat the past? he cried incredulously. Why of course you can! I'm going to fix everything just the way it was before, he said, she'll see". (Fitzgerald 110). No matter how impossible his dream is, he will not give up Daisy. He will use all of his power to achieve his dream. " I don't trust him, old sport. How long are you gonna wait? All night if necessary. Anyhow, till they go to bed." (Fitzgerald 144). He is determined to keep Daisy safe. He still does this even after what happened to Myrtle. "Jimmy was bound to get ahead. He always had some resolves like this or something. Do you notice what he's got about improving his mind? He was always great for that." (Fitzgerald 173). Gatsby was really a person who had an obsession with Daisy and turned from an average guy into a rich person just because he wanted to. This proves he was hardworking and determined.


Blue is sadness, but also more specifically restlessness in this book. "In his blue gardens men and girls came and went" (Fitzgerald 41). Gatsby held many parties to get Daisy to come. In doing so, Gatsby invites many guest who talk about rumors of Gatsby. Although a lot of people are in and around his house, Gatsby only thinks about Daisy. "Slowly the white wings of the boat moved against the cool blue limit of the sky." (Fitzgerald 118). Blue is a sad color and Gatsby own many blue item and find himself unhappy without Daisy. Even with his wealth he is unable to buy happiness. "... ghostly birds began to sing among the blue leaves" (Fitzgerald 144). Unable to achieve his dream, Gatsby is depress not knowing what to do. This quote is kinda foreshadowing his end because now he had nothing to live for.

Cost of Gatsby's Dream

Gatsby work hard for his dream and he paid a lot for it. "I believe that on the first night I went to Gatsby's house I was one of the few guests who had actually been invited. People were not invited - they went there" (Fitzgerald 43). Gatsby held many fancy parties to try to get Daisy to come over. It cost him a lots of money to buy the house that was close to Daisy and be a host. "He a bootlegger, said the young ladies, moving some where between his cocktails and his flowers. "One time he killed a man who had found out that he was nephew to Von Hindenburg and second cousin to the devil." (Fitzgerald 61). The guest that came to his party did not know where he earned his money from. This cause him to receive negative rumors about him that were not true. "He had reached an age where death no longer has the quality of ghastly surprise, and when he looked around him now for the first time and saw the height and splendor of the hall... his grief began to be mixed with an awed pride." (Fitzgerald 169) His dream was unreachable. The dream cost him a lot but most importantly it cost him his life.

Work cited/Bibliography

Fitzgerald, F. Scott, and Matthew J. Bruccoli. The great Gatsby. New York, NY: Scribner, 1996. Print.

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