The Great Gatsby Obsession Analysis

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Many people will never experience love, while others are crushed by it. In the classic American novel, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the characters deep obsession leads to their failure to a great extent .Jay Gatsby is a strong example of this; his obsessions primarily revolved around his desire to recreate the past, as well as his inability to accept his reality and most importantly his love for Daisy. Throughout the novel Gatsby’s character shows no development and is constantly obsessed with the idea of repeating the past so that his long lost love, daisy, will return to loving him, instead of her current husband Tom. In chapter six, Nick finds himself talking to Gatsby in regards of Daisy, where he tries to convince him to not…show more content…
When Gatsby returns from the war, he spends five years trying to build himself up to daisy’s ideal. He also spends the five years building daisy up to an impossible standard of perfection. Nick says that Gatsby “wanted nothing less of daisy than that she should go to tom and say: “I never loved you.” (Fitzgerald, Pg.109) However, daisy did love tom and therefore married him. She has no desire to leave tom regardless of Gatsby’s wishes because she “did love him once.” (Fitzgerald pg.132) daisy goes on to say that she “loved” Gatsby “too” (Fitzgerald pg.132). However the reality that daisy has loved more than just Gatsby crushed him since he had the illusion that she only ever loved him. It is clear that even if she loves Gatsby due to Tom’s social statues and old money daisy will not be leaving him. Although Gatsby considers daisy to be the most perfect women he has ever met, it becomes clear toward the end of the novel that daisy is a selfish woman who only cares about herself. This is shown in chapter seven when daisy hits myrtle with Gatsby’s car and does not stop or slow down the car. That night Gatsby, still in love with daisy, waits for her “all night if necessary” (Fitzgerald, pg. 144) to make sure that she is alright. However she never even comes out to check on Gatsby to see if he is okay. She then continues to show how she only cares for herself when three…show more content…
Like the devastating reality that Gatsby is unable to fit into daisy’s class, he is also hit with short coming of his new life due to lack of meaning. Gatsby as a little boy dreamed of making his life into something admirable. Mr.Gatz shows nick that Gatsby kept a book stating these things: “read one improving book or magazine per week.”(Fitzgerald, pg. 173) Gatz says, jimmy was bound to get ahead.”(Fitzgerald, pg.173). However in Gatsby’s adult reality he becomes a criminal to make his fortune, in hopes to win Daisy's affection. Gatsby did complete the American dream, however he accomplished the one of the 1920s.He took advantage of the fact that in that time period the American economy was booming and it was easy to become rich. This choice was not honorable and leads to him solely interacting with criminal, making his life even less meaningful. Gatsby threw many parties to maybe have daisy stop by one of the once and although they may have been amazing parties where people used to go “by hundreds” (Fitzgerald, pg.175) it only resulted in him making unmeaningful friendships which are exposed when no one shows up to his funeral, expect for nick, owl eyes and Mr.gatz. Nick says “asked him to wait for half an hour, but it wasn’t any use. Nobody came.”(Fitzgerald, pg.174). Gatsby is also in reality proven to be an dishonorable man because he shames him family by changing his name to jay Gatsby.
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