They have big houses and fancy cars. Not all of this upper class worked hard for this success. Daisy came from a wealthy family and in turn married a rich man, Tom. They have a daughter that is basically just for show and a marriage that is just for reputation. This is made clear by the fact that Tom is having an affair and Daisy barely pays any mind to her daughter.
He has everything a person could want, yet he is still unhappy, because the one woman he wants is the one woman he can’t have. Gatsby can’t look forward and move on with his life because he can’t let go of his past. He spends his whole life pining for Daisy. He got a house across the water from hers just so he could watch her light on the dock. He made himself a rich man of high social standing, all for the sole purpose of trying desperately to win her back.
The great thought of been wealthy and having luxurious objects excites oneself.This idea that materialistic things are going to make us happy can be a disappointing to those who have it all (money,cars,women ) and are still not happy .Media gives us a fake or rather an illusion of what we need ,what we desire ,what we love .We all want to be successful and have a life just like Jay Gatsby ,to be known as a hero and to be know as a wealthy successful person . But is that all we are in this world for ? is that all that our heart and body really wants? , or is that something that our mind has been forced with all this media .When we die would people come to our funeral because its in their heart or because it will benefit their pocket. I feel like the way the book was written was for the reader to really get a sense of the life that The Gatsby was living , the amount of people who knew him or off him .
Gatsby uses one of his characters Daisy Buchanon, whose name suggests the flower to symbolize money’s ability to corrupt people. At the beginning of the novel, Daisy is portrayed as a gentle and innocent women. When Nick first meets her, he describes her as “sad and lovely”, with “bright eyes and a bright, passionate smile” (Fitzgerald 9). But throughout the story, her husband Tom, who is rich and arrogant, treats her like a lot of women were treated in this time period: like she is not very important. He cheats on her, and when she finds out, it seems he could not care less.
They consider her a burden, but have found a use for her, marry her off to the Mr Hathaway so they could keep him as a business partner. Alice Kingsleigh, on the other hand comes from a wealthy family. She is nineteen years old and the expectation of the society in which she lives expects her to get married, an unwanted marriage. Emily Grierson is the final heroine. She is much like Alice in the sense that she comes from a wealthy family, but there is one key difference from the other two heroines, her father does not want her to get married.
Blanche depends on male sexual admiration for her sense of self-esteem. In order to escape from her past, Blanche drinks heavily and is very promiscuous. She pretends that she has just come to visit her sister because she needs a vacation, when the truth is that she has come to start a new life after losing her ancestral mansion, her job, and her reputation in her hometown of Laurel. Blanche feels that she is justified in her actions because she feels the only way to have a new life is to pretend her past life never existed, but with the help of her evil, cruel, brother-in-law, Stanley, her past is eventually found out, and ruins the rest of her life. In the first scene of the play, she tells her sister to talk while she looks around for some liquor, even though she already knows where it is because she helped herself to some earlier while waiting for her sister to arrive.
King Lear says to his daughters ‘if it be you that stirs these daughters’ hearts against their father’ which shows how he feels betrayed: a feeling he may have not felt if he had not been so foolish to dismiss Cordelia for her honesty. Cordelia, however, plays a smaller role in the first few Acts of the play as she is disowned by her father and is not visited. Gonerill and Regan are both cruel father and do not have the same loyalty we get the impression as Cordelia does. Cordelia says at the beginning of the play ‘what shall Cordelia speak, love and be silent’ which shows that she loves her father however doesn’t feel she should lie about how much she loves her father. This truthfulness however lands her in a bad place as she is disowned by her father for not professing her love.
In the story, the characters have a lot of hope for their dreams. For example, Gatsby is hoping to win Daisy back by fulfilling her dream which is to be very wealthy. Gatsby struggles to reach the upper class but he comes out with the money. In the end, Daisy doesn’t want him back because someone else had already fulfilled her dream causing Gatsby’s dream to fail and his life comes to an abrupt end. Daisy’s dream was fulfilled by a man named Tom.
The American Dream all the characters are chasing is ruined by reality of life. Gatsby dream involves him falling in love with Daisy Buchanan. Gatsby feared that Daisy did not wait for him because he was not rich. That’s why Gatsby did crime to get rich. Daisy is married to Tom Buchanan.
But having her does more than motivate him to become successful, because she will show him a passionate vitality and liveliness in this life. When he learns that Judy’s beauty and vitality has faded and is lost, he breaks and he is disappointed. This story is about having the American Dream, and there are certain themes such as emptiness, power and money, freedom and control, and illusions that play an important role in attaining that dream. The themes that play throughout F. Scott Fitzgerald’s story also play throughout contemporary society, with immigrants who want to enter into the United States to achieve the same American Dream. One of the themes that play throughout the story is emptiness.