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Thompson 1 1 Alissa R. Thompson Mr. Michaud Advanced Composition 18 January 2010 Living the Dream In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the idea that people will do anything they can to live in their dreams is displayed through Gatsby’s actions. After Gatsby meets with Daisy for the first time in five years, Nick talks about what is going through Gatsby’s mind. Nick says that “no amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart” (101). Gatsby realized Daisy wasn’t like what he pictured in his dreams anymore. She fell short of his dreams. Even though she wasn’t what he imagined her to be, Gatsby still told himself that he loved who she was and wanted to be with her. This helps portray Fitzgerald’s idea that people go to extremes to live in their dreams. Another example is at the end of the story when Nick talks about Gatsby. Nick thinks about how Gatsby “had come a long way to this blue lawn and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it” (189). Gatsby did
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Unformatted text preview: everything he could to be with Daisy. He continuously ignored reality and believed in his dream of being with Daisy. This shows the idea that people will do anything they can just to live their dream. One final example is when Gatsby and Nick talk about Daisy. Gatsby talks about how he thinks Daisy didn’t like the dance, but “he wanted nothing less of Daisy than that she should go to Tom and say: ‘I never loved you’... they were to go back to Louisville and be married from her house–just as if it were five years ago” (116). Gatsby is so determined to live his dream of being with Daisy that he wanted her wanted to tell Tom she never loved him and that their marriage Thompson 2 was a lie because she loved Gatsby. He also wanted him and Daisy to be married like they were supposed to five years ago. This extravagant action demonstrates the idea that people will do anything to live their dream....
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