One of the hardest, and most painful ways to live is in pursuit of a dream that can never come true. In The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gatsby and Daisy portray the demoralization of the American Dream, as Gatsby’s desire for Daisy could never be satisfied due to her obsession with wealth and material things. Jay Gatsby destroyed his own future by focusing his whole life on the unattainable, impossible dream to relive his past with his former love, Daisy.
Gatsby spent all of his time after the war illegally and dangerously attaining his wealth in hopes that it would bring Daisy back to him. Tom describes how Gatsby got his money, by buying “a lot of side-street drug stores here and in Chicago and sold grain alcohol over the counter…I picked him for a bootlegger the first time I saw him and I wasn’t far wrong” (Fitzgerald 141). Gatsby uses drug stores to illegally sell alcohol and will do anything to become wealthy because he knows Daisy is interested in money, and will be attracted to it. He is willing to go to any length to acquire his wealth. To Tom’s accusation, Gatsby attempts to defend himself, telling Tom that Daisy does not love him. Nick notices that “with every word [Daisy] was drawing further and further into herself, so [Gatsby] gave that up and only the dead dream fought on…trying to touch what was no longer tangible” (Fitzgerald 142). Even though Gatsby realizes he no longer has a chance, all of the effort he put into his dream continues to fight for Daisy. Daisy is materialistic, and does not truly care about who she actually loves, in the end “her love for Gatsby surrenders to the palpability of a safe, material, unequal propertied union with Tom Buchanan” (Callahan). Tom is an easier, safer choice for Daisy. No matter how much she may or may not love Gatsby, she will never choose him over Tom.
Gatsby plans his life in hopes that one day he and Daisy will be reunited. The first time Nick went to Gatsby’s house, Gatsby invites him to...
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