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Is Daisy Responsible For The Destruction Of Daisy's Dream

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‘He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God’ (pg 107) Is Daisy responsible for the destruction of Gatsby’s dreams?

In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, ‘The Great Gatsby’, Jay Gatsby’s impossible dream is an excellent portrayal of societies expectations throughout the Roaring Twenties. Jay Gatsby has an elusive dream; to be reconciled in his forever lasting love with Daisy Buchanan. However, Daisy is only responsible for the downfall of Gatsby’s dreams to a certain extent as it was also Gatsby himself who created this fantasy. Wealth and consumerism consume Jay Gatsby’s existence as he ...view middle of the document...

However, this man was not always Jay Gatsby but James Gatz, a boy from an impoverished childhood who had an extraordinary gift for hope. It is in this that Gatsby’s possibility to dream was empowering from a young age, for a child to be able to create an identity and stay ‘faithful until the end’ truly displays that his mind was vulnerable to success. It is through his talent of self invention that Gatsby allows Daisy to take his heart and his malleable personality is what consumes in the conclusion. Daisy Buchanan was a pawn in Jay Gatsby’s perfectionist way of creating himself and for that, she is not at fault for the annihilation of his hopes.

Simultaneously, it is indisputable that consumerism controls the mechanisms of life in New York. However, what Jay Gatsby creates of this, is just another aspect of his eradicated dream. Daisy is a resident of East Egg, a place of old money and established aristocracy whilst Gatsby is one of new money on West Egg. Gatsby is enticed by the conception that Daisy will return rightfully to him when she becomes aware of his...

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