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The Great Gatsby a novel by F Scott Fitzgerald is about the American Dream and thedownfall of those who attempt to reach its illusionary goals The attempt to capture theAmerican Dream is central to many novels This dream is different for different people butin The Great Gatsby for Jay the dream is that through wealth and power one can acquirehappiness To get this happiness Jay must reach into the past and relive an old dream and inorder to do this he must have wealth and power Jay Gatsby the central figure of the the story is one character who longs for the pastSurprisingly he devotes most of his adult life trying to recapture it and finally dies in itspursuit In the past Jay had a love affair with the affluent Daisy Knowing he could notmarry her because of the difference in their social status he leaves her to amass wealth toreach her economic standards Once he acquires this wealth he moves near to DaisyGatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay 83 and throwsextravagant parties hoping by chance she might show up at one of them He himself doesnot attend his parties but watches them from a distance When this dream doesnt happenhe asks around casually if anyone knows her Soon he meets Nick Carraway a cousin ofDaisy who agrees to set up a meeting He wants to knowif youll invite Daisy to yourhouse some afternoon and then let him come over 83 Gatsbys personal dreamsymbolizes the larger American Dream where all have the opportunity to get what theyLater as we see in the Plaza Hotel Jay still believes that Daisy loves him He is convincedof this as is shown when he takes the blame for Myrtles death Was Daisy drivingYesbut of course Ill say I was 151 He also watches and protects Daisy as she returnshome How long are you going to wait All night if necessary 152 Jay
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