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Gatsby believed in the green light the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us It eluded us then but thats no matter--tomorrow we will run faster stretch out our arms fartherAnd one fine morning--So we beat on boats against the current borne back ceaselessly into the past 189 The most prominent theme of Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby is of dreams Every character is ceaselessly chasing the American Dream whatever their interpretation of that dream is Attempting to mold themselves into individuals that might satisfy their idealistic society they cannot realize much of what one reading The Great Gatsby today can see Their ultimate carelessness resulting from such single-minded pursuit of their dreams loosens their grip on reality and creates a melodramatic act out of real life The idea of dreams of a mistaken reality controls the lives of every one of the books characters Jay Gatsby is one character who shows an extremely single-minded pursuit of his dream known as Daisy Buchanan From the beginning of his obsession as a young man to the time that Nick narrates his story Gatsbys life centers around Daisy For five years he lives on his dream He buys a house in West Egg across from East Egg where Daisy lives and as Jordan explains to Nick It wasnt a coincidence at allGatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay 83 Even though Gatsby has not spoken to Daisy in five years he will not give up his dream He finds it impossible to live a life apart from his dream and every action he makes is directed towards that dream of reaching Daisy The first time Nick sees Gatsby he describes Gatsbys actions saying He stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way and as far as I was from him I could have sworn he was trembling Involuntarily I glanced seaward--and distinguished nothing except
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