The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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admired, as he feared, not to be loved, as he made himself believe; but to be necessary to people” (247). His only hope in loving himself is to be loved by someone else. Likewise, even though Gatsby and Daisy appear to have a very deep connection and undeniable love, Gatsby never loves Daisy, he loves the idea of the status he can attain if he has her by his side. “It excited him, too, that many men had already loved Daisy—it increased her value in his eyes” (50). Since Gatsby is ultimately trying to succeed in being a wealthy man of his time, he’s looking for the quickest way to get there. Daisy is the best opportunity for Gatsby to reach his dream and he is relentless to seek her approval and love in order to be a successful man. Amory is very inclined towards the idea of using women to reach a new social level; however, Gatsby only seeks Daisy as a portal to the successful life while Amory attempts the process with many, more insignificant women. In “Modern Critical Interpretations, Bloom critically comments on the theme of “the withering dream” in regard to Gatsby’s relationships. Gatsby dreamt of being a wealthy man with many accolades and material items to show off. Gatsby went to the extreme to obtain his wealth which illustrates the relentless behavior of society at the time. The exploration of the American Dream deteriorating is portrayed by Gatsby’s will to do illegal things in order to be wealthy. Gatsby rids himself of classical “respectable” values
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