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The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald is a novel about the American Dream In the Great Gatsby the dream is that one can acquire happiness through wealth and power To get his happiness Jay attempts to reacquire the love of his lost sweet heart Daisy The main problem with Jays dream is that Daisy is all ready married Gatsbys personal dream symbolizes the larger American Dream The pursuit of happinessJay Gatsby longs for the past Surprisingly he devotes his adult life trying to recapture it and dies in its pursuit In the past Jay had a love affair with a young rich girl Daisy Daisy and Jay had fallen in love with each other in spite of knowing that they could not marry because of the difference in their social status For the first time in Jays life he was truly happy During their courtship Jay was sent off to war Upon returning from the war Jay found out that Daisy had married a wealthy man by the name of Tom Buchannon Jay then spends his life acquiring wealth to reach her economic standards in hope that he can marry her and rekindle the happiness that he once had His love for Daisy was impossible in society because he was at present a penniless young man without a pasthe had no comfortable family standing behind him 156 Gatsby encounters his dream of love at this point of his life He knew that at that time a relationship of love was impossible with Daisy due to his low social standing Gatsby became determined to breach that gap between them in order to have a loving relationship with Daisy He did reach the physical circumstances necessary to love her but he had focused too much on money and power the previous five years of his life He wanted his love with Daisy to flourish Unfortunately he had lost the ability to love He no longer possessed
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