Illusions That Killed Gatsby

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Malak Raihani The Illusions Which Killed The “Great” Gatsby "Even the loveliest dream bears like a blemish its difference from reality, the awareness that what it grants is mere illusion" claims German philosophist Thedor Wiesengrund Adorno. The novel "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald illustrates the tragedy of a man who's very meaning of life is corrupted by illusions. A man who's driven by unswerving desires to retrieve a memory of his youthful love, and knows no limit when doing so. A man who recreated himself, grew rich illegally, threw countless parties, for the sake of this memory. A man named Gatsby. Gatsby set his heart on recovering his lost romance with the love of his life, Daisy Buchanan. He vowed to "fix everything just the way it was before" (Pg. 116). Blinded by his fantasy, Gatsby is unable to bare the reality of life, and that it goes on. He has lost the meaning of time, and when his motive of reliving the past was questioned, he answers, "Can't repeat the past? Why of course you can!" Unfortunately, no matter how hard he hangs on to this memory, it will always remain only a memory. As Gatsby is in the process of resurrecting his memory once again, his life is ended. His tragic death can be attributed to three of his illusions; the unimportance of time, the meaning of love, and the belief that Daisy loved him. Time is of the essence in people's everyday life. Being a minute late at an airport, can cost people their vacation. Leaving a building one minute later, can cost people their lives. But for Gatsby, time is merely an indicator of when to start his parties. Throughout the novel, the time of day, day of the week, and month have been disregarded. By this token, Gatsby creates his own "present." For instance, he claims "I am the son of some wealthy people in the Middle West — all dead now. I was brought up in America but
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