The Great Gatsby 15


The Great Gatsby, a novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is about the American Dream, and the downfall of those who attempt to reach its illusionary goals. The attempt to capture the American Dream is the center of many novels. This dream is different 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 possess wealth and power.
Jay Gatsby, the central figure of the story, is one character who longs for the past. Astonishingly enough he devotes most of his adult life trying to recapture it and, finally, dies in its ...

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if anyone knows her. Soon he meets Nick Carraway, a cousin of Daisy, who agrees to set up a meeting. Gatsby's personal dream symbolizes the larger American Dream where all have the opportunity to get what they want.
Later, as seen 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." He also watches and protects Daisy as she returns home. "How long are you going to wait?" said Nick "All night if necessary." States Mr. Gatsby. 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 folly of his dream, but Jay innocently replies to Nick's assertion that the past cannot be relived by saying, "Yes you can, old sport." This ...

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