Gatsby's Ambition

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Alvarez 1
Roxanna Alvarez
Mrs. Condelli
English 11, Period 2
05 June 2012
The Great Gatsby’s Ambition In the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald builds theme of personal ambition by using the setting and the characterization to show the significance of the main persona, Gatsby’s personal ambition. Fitzgerald uses the setting of East Egg and West Egg and characterization of Daisy and Dan Cody on the connection they have with Jay Gatsby. Jay Gatsby’s ambition is to achieve the American Dream. In Gatsby’s eyes, to achieve the American Dream consist of becoming the richest man and sharing his wealth with the woman he loves right by his side. Jay, based of his characterization, never sees himself as the poor man and
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He came alive to me, delivered suddenly from the womb of his purposeless splendor” (83). Gatsby has always wanted to be close to Daisy and he did not accept being away from her. Therefore, Gatsby living on the other side from her, he get her to fall in love with him once again. In the remembrance of the first time Gatsby kissed Daisy, it says “His heart beat faster and faster as Daisy’s white face came up to his own. He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God….Then he kissed her. At his lips’ touch she blossomed for him like a flower and the incarnation was complete” (117). The kiss opens the fact that Daisy was the missing puzzle piece to Gatsby’s ideal life being with Daisy, the love of his life and having all the money anyone could dream. To Gatsby Daisy’s voice “is full of money” and Nick says, “That was it. I’d never understood before. It was full of money—that was the inexhaustible charm that rose and fell in it, the jingle of it, the cymbals’ song of it….High in a white palace the king’s daughter, the golden girl… ” (127). Daisy meant Gatsby’s entire world...his entire life. The setting in this novel plays the role of

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