The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby
Everyone wants to be successful in life, but most often people take the wrong
ways to get there. In the1920's the American Dream was something that everyone
strived to have. Having a family, money, a big house, and a car meant that someone had
succeeded in life. A very important aspect was money, and success was determined
greatly by it. This was not true in all cases however. Jay Gatsby was a poor boy who
turned into a very wealthy man, but did he live the American Dream? Money is actually
the only thing that Gatsby had a lot of. Jay Gatsby tries to live the life of The American
Dream, but fails in his battle.
From his early years Gatsby has his eye one Daisy and throughout his life he is
deeply in love with her, but he never marries or even has a life with her. Another one of
Gatsby's goals in life was to be an extremely successful, just like his model Dan Cody,
but that plan ends up failing as well. As a part of what Dan Cody taught him, Gatsby
attempted to go into business with a man named Meyer Wolfsheim, but failed at that
also. For such a long time Gatsby has had his eye on Daisy and has been in love with
her, but this does not develop. Gatsby has always gazed at the green light on Daisy's
porch. Jordan Baker says, "Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be across the
bay." The color green is traditionally a symbol of hop and youth and that is what Gatsby
is hoping to find beyond it. When Gatsby and Daisy meet, he tells her about how he has
watched the green light that burns at the end of her dock. For so long that light has been
a symbol of his dream, of something he has wanted more than life itself. Gazing at it so
much, Gatsby must have believed that if he could only have Daisy he would be eternally
happy. In chapter four he suddenly has her and the light is just a light again. It doesn't
seem that Daisy could ever be as wonderful as Gatsby's dream of her. Dreams, sadly for


Gatsby are most often longed for rather than made a reality. Gatsby never ends up
getting with Daisy his shining star in life, much of what he lived for.
In his younger years, Gatsby worked on the south shore of Lake Superior earning
room and board by digging clams and fishing for salmon. One day he saw the beautiful
yacht of the millionaire Dan Cody and borrowed a rowboat to warn Cody of an
impending storm. Cody took the seventeen-year-old boy on as a mate, and secretary.
When Cody died, he left the boy, now Jay Gatsby, a legacy of $25,000. Unfortunately
Gatsby never got the amount of money that he deserved because Cody's wife stole most
of it. On the day that he saved Dan Cody's yacht, he must have seen an embodiment of
everything he wanted. In a strange sort of way Gatsby never believed that he was just
James Gatz. He had an idea of what he wanted to be. Gatsby had an image of himself, to
which he gave the name Gatsby. From the day that he met Dan Cody he decided to
dedicate his life to the development of the idea of himself that existed in his head.
Although he was successful at making money in business, Jay Gatsby was never
able to become a man as successful as Dan Cody who had everything he wanted in life.
The experiences with Cody however, helped Gatsby to later pursue a job in business. We
are introduced to the business side of Gatsby in the person of Meyer Wolfsheim.
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