Gatsby's Dream and Daisy's Conflicts in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Gatsby's Dream and Daisy's Conflicts in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Jay Gatsby, the central character of F. Scott Fitzgerald?s The Great Gatsby symbolizes the American dream. The American dream offers faith in the possibility of a better life. Its attendant illusion is the belief that material wealth alone can bring that dream to fruition. Through Gatsby, Fitzgerald brings together both these ideas. Jay Gatsby thinks money is the answer to anything he encounters. He has the best of everything. The fanciest car, the largest house, and the finest clothes. Jay has everything except the object he most desires, Daisy. Gatsby believes he can win Daisy over with wealth, that he could achieve the ideal she stood for through …show more content…

Appearance is another important factor toward Gatsby?s dream. In his quest to win Daisy?s heart Gatsby chooses to wear his best outfit. ?...the front door opened nervously and Gatsby in a white flannel suit, silver shirt and gold colored tie hurried in? (89). Silver and gold are the colors of wealth, Gatsby?s sartorial splendor is as lavish as any of the other items he owns. Gatsby?s shirts are more then just garments towards Gatsby. They are some of the many fascinating objects he possesses that were created by money. These shirts contribute towards Gatsby?s vision of the American dream, that his money and belongings will create happiness for him. Another major object of Gatsby?s dream was his incredible house. Jay states to Nick and Daisy, ?My house looks well, doesn?t it? See how the whole front of it catches the light? (95). Jay gave Nick and Daisy the grand tour of his house showing of all of his worldly possessions. Room after room, everything was shown and mentioned. At the sight of his piles and piles of shirts Daisy broke down. ?They?re such beautiful shirts, it makes me sad because I?ve never seen such--such beautiful shirts before? (98). Jay Gatsby?s ideals were parallel to the typical American dream. He wants to claim his objective by the use of his assets. He thinks that his money will give him happiness in life through love and his personal belongings. Even the richest man in the world can?t

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