The Great Gatsby: Illusion vs. RealityPaper Rating: Word Count: 1114 Approx Pages: 4
In the novel, The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, many of the characters lived in their own world of make believe. A theme that is reoccurring through out the story is, "A confusion with the real with the ideal never goes unpunished Â by Goethe. This replicates how many of the characters mistake fantasy for reality. Money was the underlining cause of the illusionary world that the majority of the characters where trapped in. Though the narrator of the story was trapped in it all but saw how money had corrupted the reality of Gatsby, Daisy, Myrtle, and Tom.
Jay Gatsby is the main character that lives in his extravagant world of make believe. "Can't repeat the past? Why of course you can! Â (pg 116) Gatsby's main attempt was to get back everything that he had in the past and lost that he forgets that it's entirely impossible. Gatsby, in love with Daisy places her on this high pedestal of everything that he wants her to be. He gets so wrapped up in his desires and expectations that he never stops to realize that Daisy may actually be in love with Tom, her husband. Though Daisy may have loved Gatsby once, there was no real way for Gatsby to ever get Daisy back again. Gatsby had a v