Gatsby is responsible for the failure of his dream (Failure (collapse,…
lack of success
What is Gatsby's Dream?
to be part of upper society
daisy representative of this
'Her voice is full of money'
I think I am therefore I must be
To feel and behave like old money
to be accepted as old money
'The American Dream'
is it a tangible goal?
How and Why is he responsible for its failure?
He believes that you can repeat the past
He has the false belief
"Can't repeat the past?" he cried incredulously. "Why of course you can!" He looked around him wildly, as if the past were lurking here in the shadow of his house, just out of reach of his hand
He can't let go of the past
'(He) paid a high price for living too long with a single dream'
puts his faith in a corrupted dream, the american dream
He pretends to be someone hes not
due to his aspirations
'Platonic conception of himself ... and to this conception he was faithful to the end.'
His dream was so large and unattainable that it was destined for failure before he began trying to achieve it
'He had thrown himself into it with a creative passion, adding to it all the time, decking it out with every bright feather that drifted his way.'
'The colossal vitality of his illusion'
How does Fitzgerald demonstrate this?
by highlighting Gatsby's naivety
'Only the dead dream fought on as the afternoon slipped away, trying to touch what was no longer tangible'
Gatsby plans his life with daisy but does not account for the fact that times have changed
Child doesn't fit in with his dream
Gatsby believed in the green light
'Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us.'
'Possibly it had occurred to him that the colossal significance of that green light had now vanished forever ... Now it was again a green light on a dock. His count of enchanted objects had diminished by one.'
Shows the lengths Gatsby is prepared to go to to create the performance that is Jay Gatsby.
a dream is not usually a reflection of reality
an obsession with a dream can often heighten the sense of failure
A life lesson in the need to be realistic and honest in our aspirations
perhaps there is a little bit of Gatsby in all of us
the american dream dictates that money and power assures happiness, or at least gets you what you want