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Greats Gatsby

A dream is defined in the Webster’s New World Dictionary as: a
fanciful vision of the conscious mind; a fond hope or aspiration; anything
so lovely, transitory, etc. as to seem dreamlike.In the beginning pages
of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby, Nick Carraway, the
narrator of the story gives us a glimpse into Gatsby’s idealistic dream
which is later disintegrated.”No- Gatsby turned out all right at the end;
it is what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of his
dreams that temporarily closed out my interest in the abortive sorrows and
short-winded elation’s of men.”Gatsby is revealed to us slowly and
skillfully, and with a keen tenderness which in the end makes his tragedy
a deeply moving one.
Jay Gatsby is a crook, a bootlegger who has involved himself with
swindlers like Meyer Wolfsheim, the man who fixed the 1919 World Series.
He has committed crimes in order to buy the house he feels he needs to win
the woman he loves.In chapter five Nick says, “…and I think he
revalued everything in his house according to the measure of response it
drew from her well-loved eyes.” Everything in Gatsby’s house is the zenith
of his dreams, and when Daisy enters Gatsby’s house the material things
seem to lose their life.Daisy represents a dreamlike, heavenly presence
which all that he has is devoted to.Yes, we should consider Jay Gatsby
as tragic figure because of belief that he can restore the past and live
happily,but his distorted faith is so intense that he blindly unaware of
realism that his dream lacks.Gatsby has accumulated his money by
dealings with gangsters, yet he remains an innocent figure, he is
extravagant.Gatsby is not interested in power for its own sake or in
money or prestige.What he wants is his dream, and that dream is embodied
in Daisy.Ironically, Daisy Buchanan, is a much more realistic, hard-
headed character.She understands money and what it means…