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In The Great Gatsby the confusion between reality and illusion is prominent within the key characters Fitzgerald portrays this confusion though Gatsbys obsession with Daisy Nicks idealism and Myrtles dreams of success Each of these characters possesses a flaw that causes their disillusion and their inevitable downfall Gatsbys downfall begins with his love for Daisy Knowing that he could not marry her because of her opposition to the difference in their social status Gatsby was driven to seek wealth so that he could reach her economic standards Once he acquired this money he intentionally moved across the bay from Daisy from here he could see a green light that glowed near her home This light a romantic object worshiped from afar represented Daisy and the goals he wished to attain Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay Fitzgerald Scott The Great Gatsby 76 Thus Gatsby began to throw extravagant parties hoping that she would attend When this dream didnt happen Gatsby casually asks if anyone knows her Soon he meets Nick Carraway a cousin of Daisy who agrees to set up a meeting between the estranged lovers He wants to know if youll invite Daisy to your house some afternoon and let him come over 77 His dream is essentially hopeless Gatsby invests an unfathomable amount of energy chasing something that will only remain a memory in the past Gatsby is trapped by the fantasy of his dream he wanted more then he could ever have Gatsby chased his fantasy of romance yet failed to realize that love had evaded him he cant live in the past and no amount of money or wealth could change that The dream is halted by Gatsby as he realizes that Daisy will never reach his standards the reality of Daisy could not live up to the dream Gatsby created Gatsbys flaw is his inability to think outside of the dream While
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