More Than Just a Dream

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Gatsby was a man of many sides. He was the wealthy upstart, the elegant host, the young soldier, the daring adventurer, and even to an extent, a lonely farm boy. He was a man that felt wronged by the world and sought to correct it. What made him particularly interesting was that despite his upbringing, he succeeded flawlessly in making something of himself from nothing. Above all these things that make him Gatsby, he only had a single dream, a dangerous dream, and one that ultimately led to his doom through his own ignorant perception and arrogance. An essay for my Advanced English III class.

Submitted: January 27, 2017

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Kaylie Parker

Mr. Rollins

Adv. English III

7th of December, 2016

More than Just a Dream

Gatsby was a man of many sides. He was the wealthy upstart, the elegant host, the young soldier, the daring adventurer, and even to an extent, a lonely farm boy. He was a man that felt wronged by the world and sought to correct it. What made him particularly interesting was that despite his upbringing, he succeeded flawlessly in making something of himself from nothing. Above all these things that make him Gatsby, he only had a single dream, a dangerous dream, and one that ultimately led to his doom through his own ignorant perception and arrogance.
To summarize, Gatsby spent his youth with a poor family and what was essentially a god-complex. He thought he deserved better than what life had given him, he thought he deserved glory and power. However, his true motivation didn’t really come to light until he met Daisy; the stunning young woman from a family wanting her to marry rich. Needless to say, the man was off to serve in the military soon and was certainly not to her family’s standards.
With this in mind, he set off to become the man he thought Daisy deserved, and similar to any goal that one puts years of work toward, he began to idolize it in what can only be described as desperation. Daisy became an idol in his mind, and even if at one point his perception of her was not extremely flawed, over time it became so. He threw lavish parties, did his best to get close to her and to court her, and Nick was more or less his way to connect himself to her. He was consumed by the magic of first love and the beauty he saw in Daisy’s youth, before she met Tom, before she fell in love, and before she had a daughter to care for.
He nevertheless decided to overlook all these things, and despite how torn Daisy really was between what she used to have, and what she had then, his charm and the lavish life he had provided for her drew her in regardless. Aside from his good intentions, of which he had plenty of, his relationship with her toward the end of the book was based more on manipulation than anything else. She was a special woman to him, but a woman more than anything else. Perhaps this was more karma than anything else, but when it comes down to the essentials, he simply got involved with the wrong people and invested too much into a risky end goal. His arrogance, his assumption that he was invincible and deserved what he wanted, was truly what led him to his doom, rather than all else.
Gatsby was a man with unrivaled ambition and a taste for preservation. How that may be considered a virtue in many, it is essentially what led to his bitter end. He stumbled into a dangerous crowd, completely blinded by his ideals, and it cost him dearly in the end. Regardless, Gatsby’s achievements are quite an inspiration, and his downfall serves as a reminder to be humble, if nothing else. Perhaps if Gatsby, among all his accomplishments, had the ability to swallow his pride, his future may have been brighter. 


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