Dreams in The Great Gatsby

The world is a place full of people whom have dreams of their own.

Some people work hard to achieve their dreams where as other sit back and watch time pass them by. In The Great Gatsby and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” the characters pursue their own dreams to their specific needs. Their dreams of acceptance, the need to be taken care of and ones obsession with control all connect to their search for happiness.

The characters in The Great Gatsby dream to enrich their social standing where as the characters in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” dream of a different life as they attempt to live a normal life. Jay Gatsby and Benjamin Button share a reoccurring dream of acceptance, throughout the texts Jay Gatsby and Benjamin Button seek acceptance and look in different ways to receive it. Jay Gatsby lived in the West Egg but was not originally from there, he came from a family whom were in poverty and despised of it, Gatsby worked his way into the West Egg and changed his name: “James Gatz- that was really, or at least legally, his name”(Great Gatsby 94). Gatsby thought it was necessary to changehis name in hopes of forgetting his past and leaving his old life along with his family behind. Gatsby saw himself as a whole new person, he was not James Gatz anymore, there for he needed a new name to go along with his new life.

Gatsby was also worried that his love Daisy would not accept him for the poor man he used to be. Gatsby dreamed of acceptance from Daisy, he craved it. Though Gatsby dreamed of acceptance from Daisy, he did everything to come about getting her acceptance back like he had it many years ago when she loved him.

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Gatsby finally realizes time is of the essence and lashed out at Tom: “‘your wife doesn’t love you’ said Gatsby ‘she never loved you. She loves me'”(124). Gatsby says this to both Tom and Daisy because he truly thinks saying it out loud will make it come true, and if he says it to them they will both .

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