Gatsby's dream was what destroyed him- an essay about The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald, and the way dreams can destroy the actual life

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Dreams are something most people want to believe in. Some not only believe in them but also try to make them the center of their life. In this way achieving one's dream might become the focus of his or her existence and might become something that therefore changes the course of somebody's life. Unfortunately if you lose contact with the real world and your feet get detached from the ground you might end up lost in a dream that cannot come true and suffer the consequences. This is what happened to Jay Gatsby. In F. Scott Fitzgerald's book "The Great Gatsby" written in 1925we are made known the story of a man that becomes extremely rich starting from nothing He is in love with a girl, or better to say with a dream, that is called Daisy. She is very rich and he is very poor. He wants to become rich though and she becomes all he is striving for.

He wants to have her and he doesn't want to stay a simple sample fisherman. Therefore he occupies his time and his mind trying desperately to reach a status he has always wanted and never had. Since he has a low family background he has to build his way to success with his own hands. The way he does it is not pleasant and he ends up compromising with his character for the biggest final aim that is his dream, with the idea that the end justifies the means.

As every dream, Gatsby's dream has its starting point, the moment that initiates its prosecution for an entire life. And like every dream it originates in the inexperience and romanticism of a young man, just starting his life. At this point of his life he was a young...