The Great Gatsby Ambition

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The novel, The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald, takes place during the 1920s in West Egg, New York. The main character, James Gatsby is a veteran from WWI. After the war he moves back to New York for hope to rekindle his love with Daisy, but he soon learns that there are many more obstacles along the way. A little more background….touch on the themes. Gatsby’s death is eventually caused by his obsession with finding perfection in his life. This leads him to living a lie, losing his lover, and sending him to his grave. At the young age of 17 Gatsby is driven to create a completely different life, due to the idea that if he is wealthy, he will win Daisy, his once love, over. This obsession eventually drives him to West Egg, across…show more content…
Being obsessed with perfection, Gatsby drove Daisy away. The reader can see from the moment one is introduced to Gatsby, he is in infatuated with Daisy. When Nick first sees Gatsby he is standing, open armed, towards a green light that is located at the end of Buchanan’s dock, which the reader will later come to realize is the light in front of Daisy’s home. The Green light symbolizes Gatsby’s Daisy, and when he reaches for the light it shows his longing to be with her. “Possibly it had occurred to him that the colossal significance of that light had now vanished forever. Compared to the great distance that had separated him from Daisy it had seemed very near to her, almost touching her. It had seemed as close as a star to the moon. Now it was again a green light on a dock. His count of enchanted objects had diminished by one” (Fitzgerald 93).Good quote.Make the point that he gets close to his dream, but can’t quite reach it. Why? Gatsby moved as close as possible to Daisy, and yet one can see it is not close enough for him, for he is praising the green light the represents Daisy, he is drawn to it, obsessed with it. Although he has become very close to fulfilling his dream, he cannot reach it…show more content…
Once Gatsby created the perfect man, he began to long for all those who surrounded him to be perfect as well. In Gatsby’s eyes, Daisy is(present tense) the perfect woman, the one person that would complement his lifestyle the most. Gatsby tries to come between Tom and Daisy’s seemingly “perfect” marriage in order to win her over. This enrages Tom, and as a result he begins to loathe Gatsby. When Tom finds out that the car that ran over Myrtle, he tells her husband, George Wilson. Gatsby’s blatantly rude behavior drove Tom to do anything to abort Gatsby from the picture. Although Daisy was driving the car when Myrtle was run over Tom tells Wilson it was Gatsby after seeing the revolver in Wilson’s coat pocket. Through the death of his mistress, Tom found away to eliminate Gatsby so he could at least keep his wife. The next day, Gatsby is killed while lounging in his pool by none other than Wilson. Not only did Gatsby’s obsession with perfection drive Daisy away, but seemingly all of his other friends, for no one except Nick and Gatsby’s father attended his funeral, “The minister glanced several times at
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