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The Great Gatsby The American Dream Their love is founded upon feelings from the past these give it notwithstanding Gatsbys insistence on being able to repeat the past an inviolability It exists in the world of money and corruption but is not of it The Great Gatsby a novel by F Scott Fitzgerald is about the American Dream and the demise of those who attempt to capture its false goals For Jay the dream is that through wealth and power one can obtain happiness To get this happiness Jay must reach into the past and relive an old dream and in order to do this he must have wealth and power Jay Gatsby the central figure of the story is a character who longs for the past He devotes most of his adult life trying to recapture it and eventually dying in its pursuit In the past Gatsby had a love affair with the beautiful and seemingly innocent Daisy Knowing he could not marry her because of the difference in their social status he leaves her to accumulate his wealth so that he reaches her economic and social standards Once he acquires this wealth he moves just across the bay from her and her husband Tom At this mansion he throws extravagant parties hoping by chance that Daisy might show up at one of them He does not actually attend his parties but watches them from a distance When this attempt fails he asks around casually if anyone knows her Soon he meets Nick Carraway his neighbor and fortunately a cousin of Daisy who agrees to set up a meeting Later during a confrontation in the Plaza Hotel Gatsby still believes that Daisy loves him He is convinced of this as is shown when he takes the blame for Myrtles death even though it had been Daisy who was driving He also watches
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