neighbor Jay Gatsby reunite with Daisy Buchanan, with whom he has been in love
inevitable is that Gatsby created a fantasy so thoroughly that he became part of
meeting her. He did not want to deal with the reality that confronted him upon
returning from the war. Fortunately, he had “an extraordinary gift, a romantic
readiness,” and he found in Daisy someone to focus this on. She is perfection
buys a huge, romantic house that he hopes will merit her approval. The parties
that he throws every night in hopes that she will come become almost famous for
their extravagance and the variety of people that come.
A result of this is that Gatsby creates an illusion around himself,
party-goers’ theories on why he is so free and generous with his resources are
nothing to discourage these rumours; rather, he often adds to them. He lets
people believe that he was an Oxford man and that his money was inherited from
of the illusion of his identity; his real name is James Gatz.
This involved deception does result in a meeting with Daisy. After years
yearning, he arranges for a meeting at Nick’s house. Gatsby of course tries to
make it perfect, hiring men to cut Nick’s lawm and decorate his house with
flowers, and “unexpectedly” showing up after Daisy’s arrival. At this first
reunion Gatsby is childishly nervous and embarrassed. He has decorated his house
with lights, and he takes her on a tour of it. When later she does come to one
of his parties and he detects that she is not enjoying herself, he discontinues
Gatsby, however, cannot plan for reality. While he and Daisy are driving
driving, comes and shoots him in the pool. This, however, is merely symbolic of
husbad, Tom: reckless and spontaneous. In fact, Daisy was probably planning on
leaving with Tom anyway. He had suspected her and Gatsby’s affair and found out
about his bootlegging operation. This darker side of him is what primarily
destroyed her illusion about Gatsby. He, on the other hand, probably still
believed in her to the end; the knowledge that Daisy was leaving with Tom would
have ha devastating effects perhaps equal to even his murder.
This hopefulness was the basis of what made Gatsby great and why the novel
dreams and the illusions created fromt hem. And oftentimes the meeting with
reality had tragic consequences as it did with Gatsby.