Dreams in the Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Dreams may be defined as a goal a person will do anything to achieve during their lifetime. In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jay Gatsby creates a false sense of wealth and affluence to achieve his dream of marrying Daisy, and in the process he loses his identity. Gatsby loses his identity in his pursuit of marrying Daisy. When Nick begins to get to know Gatsby, Gatsby’s friend Wolfsheim describes him as, “’the kind of man you’d like to take home and introduce to your mother and sister” (Fitzgerald 72). When Nick first meets Gatsby, people who know him view him as a perfect gentleman who would never try to take another man’s wife, but as Gatsby becomes closer to Daisy, he loses a part of who he is by attempting to take Daisy from Tom. According to Barry Gross, “he has surrendered his material existence to an immaterial vision and once that vision is shattered it is too late for him to reclaim his material identity” (25). Gatsby has given away his own identity in his pursuit of Daisy and when he finally realizes he cannot marry Daisy it is too late for him to reclaim the man he once was. Also, Gatsby throws massive, elaborate parties, with people he did not even know or invite, at his house in hopes of attracting Daisy, who loves displays of wealth and affluence (Fitzgerald 42). Gatsby plans extravagant parties and spends massive amounts of money on them in the belief that if he tried hard enough and spent enough money, he would be able to bring Daisy back to him.
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