Wants and Needs in The Great Gatsby

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It is within human nature to want. Although those wants may seem equivalent to human needs, it is the passion and determination to obtain and achieve them by any means necessary. In F. Scoot Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, the differentiating lines between human wants and needs and the manifestation of the desire to obtain them are obscured and seemingly interchangeable. In the novel, Gatsby feels that his desire to win Daisy is above all his most important priorities. Gatsby is the protagonist and one of the novels most important main characters. Born James Gatz and raised on a farm in North Dakota, he is poor and with very little. Though Gatsby grows up with the desire to achieve the “American Dream” and on some level continues to do so through out the novel, it is after meeting Daisy that his approach and his reason to achieve this “incorruptible dream" (Fitzgerald 147) changes. When Gatsby’s dream did not come true, “Daisy had tumbled short of his dream do to his, colossal vitality of his illusion [of a future relationship] that had gone beyond [Daisy] and everything upon which he had thrown himself into with a creative passion" (Fitzgerald 92). Gatsby had made a living through illegal activity to gain the lavish lifestyle that Daisy was attracted to. Though it would have been in Gatsby's best interest to let go of his dream with Daisy, over time Gatsby had learned to “expand his powers of adjustment" (Fitzgerald 100-101) to the lies and illusions that he had created. Gatsby had felt that Daisy is something that he needs rather then something that he wants. He is willing to go to any length, no matter how risky and unpleasant, to accomplish his dream to be with Daisy. Daisy, a selfish girl, makes decisions based on her personal desires. Daisy is what drives Gatsby to live for all that he has. But it is Daisy’s superficial and materialistic out look

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