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The Great Gatsby a novel by F Scott Fitzgerald is about the American Dream and the downfall of those who attempt to capture its illusionary goals The American Dream boils down to money Jay Gatsby that through wealth and power one can acquire 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 Surprisingly he devotes most of his adult life trying to recapture it and finally dies in its pursuit In the past Jay 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 go to war Once he acquires this wealth he moves near to Daisy Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay Fitzgerald 83 and throws extravagant parties hoping by chance she might show up at one of them He does not attend his parties but watches them from a distance When his hopes dont come out to be true he asks around casually if anyone knows her Soon he meets Nick Carraway a cousin of Daisy who agrees to set up a meeting He wants to knowif youll invite Daisy to your house some afternoon and then let him come over Fitzgerald 83 Gatsbys personal dream symbolizes the larger American Dream where all have the opportunity to get what they want Later 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 Was Daisy driving Yesbut of course Ill say I was Fitzgerald 151 He also watches and protects Daisy as she returns home How long are you going to wait All night if necessary
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