Daisy loves. Gatsby believes that the only way he can get back Daisy’s love is by becoming wealth and obtaining status, which he feels will draw her attention and make her love him again. Through his process of gaining wealth he began to get side tracked off his true American dream of getting Daisy and became wrapped up in the money. This is the perfect example of how the American dream was corrupted by the desire for wealth. If Daisy wasn’t all about having money and status, her and Gatsby would have been able to both get their American dream with each other, fall in love and lived happily ever after. The down fall of Gatsby’s dream was caused by him trying to secure so much wealth just to impress Daisy, that it cause him to fall away from his real dream which was getting Daisy’s love the honest way. “The Great Gatsby” showed its readers how the American dream could be destroyed by different kinds of outside forces that shouldn’t be needed to get your dream but sometimes make there way into our lives anyway. Another theme in this book is to “live and to learn, but learn before it’s too late”. I believe these are the themes because; Gatsby had a dream which was destroyed because he didn’t learn from his mistakes.
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- The Great Gatsby, Arnold Rothstein