The Great Gatsby

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Gatsby Essay

Dreams are magical but can also be cruel! In the book, The Great Gatsby, Gatsby has a dream which is an illusion of him caught in the past. Gatsby’s dream is hard to handle because he wants to relive the past. Some characters in the novel, like Nick, believe that Gatsby’s dream is an illusion because no one could relive the past. F. Scott Fitzgerald purposely did this because he wanted to show the readers that the past shouldn’t be tempered with because it could affect your future.

First of all, The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, shows that love can be an illusion and that it is hard to distinguish things that are real from fake. For example, Gatsby’s love for Daisy creates this illusion that once Daisy sees him and how far he has come since then, that she’ll forget about her husband, Tom, and get back with Gatsby. The only problem with this is that Gatsby is not thinking about reality and is so caught up in his illusion of love. He doesn’t consider what will happen if Daisy doesn’t want to get back together with him. Jordan explained, “Gatsby bought that house so Daisy would be just across the bay.”(Fitzgerald 100) This shows that Gatsby will do anything to see and attract Daisy. Another thing Jordan explained to Nick was that “he half expected her to wander into one of his parties, some night, but she never did.” (Fitzgerald 100) This quote demonstrates that Gatsby’s love for Daisy is obsessive and that everything must be perfect in his mind. But his love is also romantic; because his desire to see her again shows that he is caring and doesn’t want to let her go. To summarize, love can make people believe in illusions.

In addition, Gatsby’s dream for Daisy is turning into an obsession to repeat the past. For instance, when Nick tells Gatsby,” You can’t repeat the past.” But Gatsby is shocked and says, “Can’t repeat the past, of course you can.” (Fitzgerald 110) You see here that Gatsby doesn’t want to forget the past because...
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