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The Greek philosopher Epicurus once said Do not spoil what youhave by desiring what you have not remember that what you now have wasonce among the things you only hoped for In The Great Gatsby JayGatsby obtains the wealth he desires but his life is not at allglamorous Jay is an unfortunate man His life is both extravagantlyrich and desperately poor He desires what is unattainable and loses allin his hope to acquire true love In F Scott Fitzgeralds novel TheGreat Gatsby Jay Gatsbys dream fails not because of his death butbecause of Gatsbys illusion of Daisy materialism and his obsessionwith the past The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald is a tragic love storyGatsby bases his love for Daisy on a young girl he met before going offto war Daisy loves wealth and the immediate gratification it providesMoney is what Daisy desires Jay Gatsby acquires wealth throughbootlegging He lives his whole life in the hope of obtaining Daisyslove and stops at nothing to achieve this goal He eventually realizesthe only way to obtain her is to satisfy her superficial needs Herdesire for immediate wealth is satisfied by Tom a young man of familywealth and good repute Family money gives Daisy the society positionand material possessions she desires but at a cost Tom continuallydominates her Daisys lack of courage to leave Tom and genuine concernfor their daughter make it impossible for Daisy to commit to arelationship with Gatsby No matter how much money Gatsby has orwhatever he does he can never have Daisy as his own Fitzgerald writesThere must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbledshort of his dreams--not through her own fault but because of thecolossal vitality of his illusionFitzgerald 95 Daisys realintention is to stay with Tom In the end Gatsby accepts that Daisywill never leave Tom for a bootlegging farmers son She has areputation to keep and a lifestyle to
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