For Daisy Buchanan, her dream is to reach a higher standard of living and to become very rich even though she has to pay the price of betraying her own heart and her loyalty to Gatsby’s unconditional love.The possession of money’ and power’, no doubt, can provide material and pride satisfaction in life; but it cannot fulfill the real needs of the human heart, which is true love and genuine happiness.What happens to Jay Gatsby, Nick Carraway, and Daisy Buchanan represent the failure of the American Dream. For Jay Gatsby, his dream is to attain happiness, represented by Daisy’s love, through materialism and power.
In his eyes, Tom and Daisy and all the others are a bunch of heartless people who becomes successful at the cost of losing precious human values. In the novel, Nick comments “They’re a rotten crowd,” ” You’re worth the whole damn bunch put together.
“(Pg 154) With the physical death of Gatsby, Nick’s hope for the realization of the American Dream is extinguished.
Fitzgerald uses characters in the novel to show the corruptions and the illusionary nature of the American Dream.
The superficial achievement of the American Dreams give no fulfillment, no real joy and peace; but instead, creates lots of problems for the characters in the novel.
With no other purposes in life, Gatsby ends up engaging in illegal activities.
Therefore, it is very ironical that sometimes in life, good idealistic goal, somehow, is achieved by immoral and illegal means.This is the reason for the failure of the American Dream, and the tragedy of Gatsby. She marries Tom for money and status, and turns her back on true love and happiness, which is represented by Gatsby.Her American Dream is to enjoy a luxurious and comfortable life given to her by, hopefully a man who truly loves her, and whom she also loves.He sacrifices his integrity in order to get rich by involving in illegal business.Gatsby thinks that he can recreate the past, which is the relationship between himself and Daisy, with money.The corruption of her human values begins when she decides not to wait anymore for Gatsby, her real love, but to take the opportunity that Tom Buchanan offers, which are money and status.Her choices reveal her vain and superficial nature hidden beneath her beautiful and innocent look.She is a person without any strong desires or conviction or loyalty to anybody, including her true love Gatsby; Tom, her husband; and her own baby girl.Even when she knows that Tom has a mistress outside, yet she finally decides to choose him over Gatsby, who is really devoted to her and is offering her true love.mashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was?and let other people clean up the mess they had made?