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The Great Gatsby – Illusion

Illusion is often orientated as an aspect of love.Love traps one in a state of daze and becomes lethal to its prey.In the famous novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gatsby is in love with Daisy Buchanan so deeply that he begins to lose his true self and undergoes a drastic change. He devotes his life to obtain Daisy's heart; however, what Gatsby thought to be the best for him led to a deprivation of both the well being of his mind and life.
Gatsby goes through a dramatic transformation from his old self to his new self.Originally, he was known as "James Gatz –––– that [is] really, or at least legally, his name"(104).He changes his name due to his shameful past of not able to capture Daisy's heart.He believes that his new beginning can bring him a better future, a greater hope.After Gatsby erases his past, "he and this Wolfshiem bought up a lot of side street drug stores here and in Chicago and sold grain alcohol over the counter"(141).His desire to please Daisy overtakes his mind to justify his actions.His love for Daisy acts like a blinding light that evokes Gatsby into carrying out wrongful acts.Gatz abandons his ungrateful past and moves onto his new, unlawful creation-Jay Gatsby.
After his transformation, Gatsby begins his quest to retain his past relationship with Daisy.When Nick thinks that it is a strange coincidence that Gatsby lives in West Egg, Jordan points out that "Gatsby [buys] that house so that Daisy [will] be across the bay"(83).Gatsby even chooses to live by wherever Daisy lives by, and he often reaches for the sight of Daisy in the middle of the nights.Gatsby believes that this will allow him a chance to show Daisy his success and his determination to win her back.Although successfully getting back with Daisy, Gatsby "[wants] nothing less of Daisy than that she should go to Tom and say:' I never lov…

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