The Great Gatsby
Obsession can motivate someone to achieve wonderful things but can lead them to their death. In F. Scott Fitzgerald??™s novel ???The Great Gatsby???, the character, Jay Gatsby is obsessed with the memory of loving Daisy, which causes him to fail to get Daisy and leads to his death. Events throughout the novel demonstrated to the reader how obsessed Gatsby had become with Daisy. There were the parties that he held every week in his home. Then there were the possessions he had that related to Daisy, like pictures and newspaper articles about her, that Gatsby held onto and believed were valuable for various reasons. Gatsby came from a poor family compared to Daisy??™s he felt that he had to become successful in order to impress Daisy, so she could love him. Gatsby??™s obsessions with Daisy lead him to be a very successful business man and many friends but which also lead to his death which was ironic that his obsession killed him.
Every week, Jay Gatsby held very expensive parties, just to attract women from East Egg where Daisy was living. Gatsby did this in hopes that Daisy would come so they could meet again after all the years and wouldn??™t stop until he did so. He was very tolerant of people crashing his party because he hoped that Daisy would be one of the people that crashed his party so it could be a chance meeting. ???I believe that on the first night I went to Gatsby??™s house I was one of the few guests who had actually been invited. People were not invited – they went there??? (page 43). Also Gatsby hardly ever took part during his expensive parties except he would check to see if Daisy had shown up which she never did therefore his attempt to attract Daisy to his parties was not successful.
The items that Jay Gatsby believed to be valuable were items that had some connection to the love of his life Daisy and therefore the obsession with the past. To begin with, there were pictures, photos and various articles the Gatsby had collected over the years ???look at this??? Gatsby said quickly ???here??™s a lot of clippings ??“about you??? ( page 90). A lot of the items are directly about Daisy with the few exceptions being the shirts and a couple other items. Gatsby also valued an item that he did not own which was the green dock light that Daisy had in front of her house. He valued this light because it was what represented his love for daisy, when he would walk down to the beach every night to look at and was spotted by Nick. ???He stretched his arms out toward the dark water in a curious way, and, far as I was from him, I could have sworn he was trembling. Involuntarily I glanced seaward-and distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and far away, that might have been the end of a dock??? (page 25). Since the light represented how close he was to Daisy the instant that he was within meters of Daisy the green light lost the value that Gatsby gave it in his mind which is shown here ???Possible it had occurred to him that the colossal significance of that green light had now vanished forever. Compared to the great distance that had separated him from Daisy it seemed very near to her, almost touching her. It seemed as close as a star to the moon. Now it was again a green light on a dock. His count of enchanted objects had diminished??? (page 90). Throughout the years Gatsby collected a number of items and did a number of things as well.
Starting out as the son of a regular farmer in those days, he fell in love with young women named Daisy. Daisy who was from a richer family couldn??™t be with Gatsby. This sparking Gatsby??™s desire to earn much more money to eventually get Daisy gave him cause to try various jobs which he didn??™t like doing such as ???For over a year he had been beating his way along the south shore of lake superior as a clam digger and a salmon fisher or in any other capacity that brought him food and a bed??? (page 95). At the age of 17 Gatsby borrowed a row boat to take to a yacht which had just laid anchor ???… who borrowed a rowboat and pulled out to the Tuolomee, and informed Cody that the wind might catch him and break him up in half an hour??? (page 95). After spending many years on board the Tuolomee with Cody with whom he built a friendship with, Gatsby received 25 thousand dollars after Cody was killed. From this money Gatsby was then able to succeed after three years to build the extravagant house on East Egg. Daisy was impressed with his wealth and home but she was in love with her cheating husband.
In the novel ???The Great Gatsby??? by F. Scott Fitzgerald, demonstrates how Jay Gatsby obsession over Daisy , the love of his life, causes him to fail to have Daisy fall in love with him and which in the end leads to his death. Though Gatsby had weekly parties in hopes that Daisy would show up which she did not, people did come and had a great time. Also, Gatsby??™s collection of items that had reference or important to Daisy, impressed her but still didn??™t achieve the object of her falling in love with him. Then when Gatsby finally becomes a successful man to impress Daisy she kills her husband lover and runs off with her husband and Gatsby is blamed for the accident and is killed by the victim??™s husband.