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A dream is defined as a condition or achievement that is longed for an aspiration Throughout the book the Great Gatsby we see the dream of one man Jay Gatsby Gatsbys dream is not merely what is known as the American Dream-the belief that anyone can rise to success no matter who they are or where they are from Instead it is a form of romantic idealism some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life It is the belief in fairytales and princesses and happy endings a faith that life can be special remarkable and beautiful Gatsby is not interested in power or money instead he uses his power and money in his attempt to gain his ultimate dream Daisy He must have her and he will do anything that is required in order to win her Unfortunately Gatsbys faith in love and happy endings is not a realistic one and his dream is ultimately crushed However one question is left behind are dreams worth fighting for or should the fear of failure prevent one from attempting to fulfill their dreams In chapter I the reader is briefly introduced to Gatsbys world Nick describes Gatsby with such words as crass and vulgar materialism However he admires Gatsby for his dream his romantic readiness his extraordinary gift for hope What is this dream Nick admires so much The reader is left with this question until chapter IV when Jordan Baker reveals Gatsbys past and ultimately his dream Jordan reveals to Nick that Gatsby and Daisy were one time lovers but Gatsby was suddenly called away to war and by the time he arrived home Daisy had already married Tom Furthermore Jordan explains Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay Nick shocked by what he has just learned states he came alive to me delivered suddenly from the womb of his purposeless splendor The large mansion the Rolls Royce station wagon
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