Gatsby Theme

Gatsby Theme

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  • The Quest for The American Dream in  "The Great Gatsby"
  • Hello, I'm Jay Gatsby one of the most powerful people in New York City.  The story "The Great Gatsby" is all about me and the quest for my American dream - which is the love of my life Daisy Buchanan.  I think if I make enough $$, Daisy will return to me and we will live happily ever after. So I buy an enormous mansion across the bay from her and conceive a plan to reunite with my love.  Daisy will see that I can make her as happy as her rich, old money husband Tom.  It doesn't matter who you are or where you come can buy happiness and the American dream. 
  • "That huge place there?" she cried pointing.  "I love it, but I don't see how you live there all alone" (Fitzgerald 90). 
  • Scene 1:  The reuniting of Daisy and Gatsby at Nick's cottage - the afternoon tea get together.  
  • "Do you like it?" "I keep it always full of interesting people, night and day. People who do interesting things. Celebrated people" (Fitzgerald 90). 
  • Scene 2:  This scene takes place at Gatsby mansion..... 
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  • The American Dream is something many associate with monetary wealth and success.  The idea that money can buy happiness and contentment is seen throughout the novel within all social classes and walks of life. 
  • During this scene in the novel, Daisy is overly impressed with Gatsby's success; for Gatsby, this is something he has always worked for.  It took years of learning how to make his fortune, and at this moment his American dream seemed to be coming true.   
  • "He hadn't once ceased looking at Daisy, and I think he revalued everything in his house according to the measure of response it drew from her well-loved eyes" (Fitzgerald 91). 
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