The Great Gatsby: Did He Work Towards The Right Goals?

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Gatsby: Did He Work Towards the Right Goals? “Simple, genuine goodness is the best capital to found the business of this life upon. It lasts when fame and money fail, and is the only riches we can take out of this world with us.” ― Louisa May Alcott, Little Men. This quote begs the question of why Daisy Buchannan’s love wasn’t enough for Jay Gatsby. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald connects his characters to how American business works and makes his readers question what they find important. Jay Gatsby’s love for Daisy is a mask for his true love of money and social status, which ultimately leads to his lonely death. The extreme desire and belief that Gatsby has to better himself economically proves he not only looks to accomplish the American Dream but he is a symbol of the American Dream. Even from an early age, money was on Gatsby’s mind. The schedule he makes for himself, “General Resolves: No wasting time at Shafters or [a name, indecipherable]. No more smokeing or chewing. Bath every other…show more content…
Although a lot people enjoyed is bombastic parties, nobody really cared enough to go to his funeral. “For a time, Gatsby’s particular theology bears fruit, in that he is accepted by his followers and Daisy, but ultimately his congregation of party-goers deserts him. Gatsby’s abandonment is summed up by Nick at the funeral when he says, “Nobody came”.” (Pearson 642) Like Louisa May Alcott said, goodness is the only thing we take out of this world, so it’s assumed that Gatsby didn’t have any good left when he died. “Gatsby’s ministry is “that huge incoherent failure of a house” that he left behind.” (Pearson 645) With all the things that he had with his money, he never really had success. Without anyone who loved him, all these things he did became insignificant and the money he had was worthless. Even the woman who he supposedly loved didn’t even come to

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