Powerless in Love Great Gatsby

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Love is a very powerful emotion. It is able to consume a person’s mind and control their every thought, every action and every dream. Scott Fitzgerald demonstrates how love can hold a man’s heart and mind hostage through the portrayal of Jay Gatsby’s pursuit of the love of his life. In Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby, Gatsby’s heart and mind remain fixed on his past love of Daisy Buchanan as he creates a dream of once again returning to that moment in the past. Blinded by the illusion of Daisy as a tangible commodity, Gatsby is inspired by passion and love to redefine himself as he risks everything and consequently meets his own demise in his effort to reunite with Daisy and achieve his dreams. After falling in love with Daisy Buchanan, Gatsby fantasizes about their future life together and creates an illusion of her that is far beyond reality. Gatsby is enthralled by his past love, and as a result of his longing desire to restore this moment in time he has created the illusion of a woman synonymous to a goddess. Nick mentions on the afternoon that Gatsby and Daisy are reunited, “There must have been moments that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of [Gatsby’s] dreams --- not through her own fault, but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion. It had gone beyond her, beyond everything,” (95).When Gatsby meets Daisy once again after five years, he is disappointed, not by any action of Daisy, but because Gatsby has blown her up to be in equal comparison of a Greek goddess. Daisy is unable to live up to this supernatural illusion. Fitzgerald hints at Gatsby’s impression of Daisy’s superiority through their first kiss. He says, “At [Gatsby’s] lips’ touch she [blossoms] for him like a flower and the incarnation [is] complete,” (111). At this moment, Gatsby is finally able to touch this goddess that he pictures Daisy as being. His pursuit of this seemingly unattainable dream is achieved when Daisy kisses him. She is incarnated so to speak from her elevation...
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