As this chapter goes on, Gatsby realizes that he and Daisy will never be together. Gatsby tried to give Daisy everything he thought she wanted in when reality, it was what he wanted. This song shows how Gatsby tired but ended up ruining his life instead. Chapter 8- "Heartless"- Kanye West. As the story begins to end, Daisy gives up all hope and thoughts of Gatsby, She puts him aside forever.
One might say it is evident Gatsby has attained the American Dream by looking at his possessions, such as boats, cars, a big house, and lavishing riches. But, others might argue Gatsby only possesses the materialistic dream. Fitzgerald makes an allusion to Benjamin Franklin’s work and presents his schedule (Fitzgerald, 173). The schedule which Franklin created was his goal to save time, meet his expectations, and try to achieve perfection. But, he knew achieving perfection was impossible, yet he believed trying to achieve moral perfection is what the true American Dream is all about.
“However you want to define the American dream, there is not much of it that’s left anymore”(Herbert564). This statement made by Herbert clearly states what side this author is on. But what does he really believe about the American dream? Herbert, in his short story “Hiding from Reality” explains what America is doing wrong and what we need to do to fix it. Herbert begins by talking about the economy and how we need to make it stronger.
The American Dream is a common idea between Brooks and Dalton. The two essays, although similar in idea, approach the view of the American Dream in completely different ways. While Brooks has an optimistic outlook of the American Dream and where Americans are headed as a nation, Dalton is stuck in the problems Americans face in the United States today. Brooks believes that it is our imaginative fire that leads us to progress. Dalton is afraid that Americans are blinded from reality because they are given false hope of achieving the American Dream.
In the end, Daisy and Gatsby got together for a short period of time up until Gatsby’s death. Tom never gave up on his relationship with Daisy either. Tom remained Daisy’s betrothed despite the fact that she changed her mind about him right before they got married. Tom did not even leave Daisy when she killed Myrtle, Tom’s lover. The idea of failure, shown through Fitzgerald’s use of the phrase ‘boats against the current’, agrees with William Troy’s writings in the ‘The Authority of Failure’, where he describes The Great Gatsby as a ‘story of failure’.
The Real Face of the American Dream “The negative side of the American Dream comes when people pursue success at any cost, which in turn destroys the vision of the dream.”- Azar Nafisi. People are striving to achieve the American Dream, but they seem to be more drawn to money and success rather than values and morals, and by doing so they miss the main idea of the American Dream. The author of the novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald, is challenges the readers to examine how the American Dream was portrayed in the 1920s and he express the negative aspect of the American Dream through the characters’ lives. The author demonstrates it by showing the wrong perception of the American Dream in this time period, by the illusion that the Buchanan's have the American Dream and by the bad impacts the American Dream has on the characters’ lives. The novel The Great Gatsby demonstrates the wrong idea people in the 1920s had on the American Dream.
He left here while they were in love with each other and expected everything to stay the same until they met again. Sadly, it didn’t work out, Daisy moved on and married Tom Buchanan and Jay Gatsby was left with no one. Throughout the whole book Gatsby’s ultimate goal was getting Daisy back. He believed that if he could become rich he would be able to recreate the past and win back the love of his life. In a conversation
These members of society had different lifestyles and went about their lives differently. The main characters of The Great Gatsby had their own views of the American Dream, in what they were trying to achieve, how their dreams were achieved, and the consequences in achieving their dreams. Although the American Dream is a symbol of pursuing a goal with hard work and determination, in The Great Gatsby the American Dream was a representation of materialism and the egotistical pursuit of pleasure. Jay Gatsby’s American Dream was one of love. Jay Gatsby only wanted to regain his love and relationship with Daisy.
Daisy promised to wait for him when he left for the war, but married Tom Buchanan in 1919, while Gatsby was studying at Oxford after the war in an attempt to gain an education. From that moment on, Gatsby dedicated himself to winning Daisy back. This is why I think, early in the book, he is established as a dreamer who is charming, gracious, and a bit mysterious. As the story unfolds, however, I learned more and more what precipitates the mystery: that everything he has done in his adult life has been with the sole purpose of fulfilling the most unrealistic of dreams, to recapture the past. Gatsby is in many ways, as the title suggests, great, but when looking at him critically, some of the things he stands for may not be so admirable.
Everything in life can be seen in two different perspectives; it’s either exciting, glamorous and even romantic or it can be seen as crude, stupid and even disgusting. In The Great Gatsby, the novel can be seen as a man’s quest to getting the love of his life or as the portrait of the American Dream and the extent to where men would go to achieve it. . In today’s society and in The Great Gatsby, it isn’t any different. Various things in life can be seen two ways such as music lyrics, television commercials, films and how it affects the average person.