Few people know what they want so early in life and are as determined to get it as Gatsby is. The only thing he wants is to get his dream girl, Daisy Buchanan, back to relive the past they had together five years ago. His courting of her becomes a ruthless obsession. Everything Gatsby does after meeting Daisy is for her benefit. He leaves behind all connections to his past so he could be suitable for Daisy. Even if his aspiration is not worthy, ambition in any person is a very respectable quality to have. Another of Gatsby’s admiral qualities is how caring he is.
Even when people do not deserve his kindness, he gives it out very generously. At one of his elaborate parties, one of the guests tore her dress and Gatsby sent her a brand new one worth much more. On another occasion, Daisy takes Gatsby’s car and hits and kills an innocent person, Myrtle Wilson. Even though Gatsby had nothing to do with the accident, he protects Daisy by not revealing who was really driving. Many could argue that Gatsby is not as great as the title suggests. It is true that some of his actions can be perceived differently.
Yes, he did come from nothing and become a self-made man, but he did not come upon his money from inheritance, as he wants everyone to believe. During the 1920’s Prohibition was causing a big uproar and Gatsby acquired his money by illegally selling alcohol. He had to lie about his past and say that the money had come from family or he would not be socially accepted. Another reason why Gatsby is disliked is because of the frustration he causes the readers. Gatsby is a hopeless romantic and will do anything for Daisy who will do nothing in return. He constantly chases the idea of love and reliving the past when it is obvious hat Daisy will never leave Tom. He does not realize that he does not love Daisy; he loves the idea of Daisy. In Gatsby’s eyes, other people’s opinions of Daisy make her more desirable. Another thing that makes Gatsby unpopular is the abandonment of his family for his upper class life. He changed his name from James Gatz to Jay Gatsby so no one would know who his real family was. He was ashamed of them and his meek background. Fitzgerald portrays Daisy as a perfect and desirable woman, when in reality she is nothing more than a shallow social climber.
Before Gatsby left for the War, Daisy promised that she would wait for him to return, but then she found Tom. Tom had money and Daisy wanted the wealth and social status that Tom had because, “Her voice is full of money. ” (The Great Gatsby, 128) She only married Tom because it was more convenient for her and “she wanted her life shaped now. ”(Gatsby, 151) She sought after a higher lifestyle and abandoned her love for Gatsby for Tom. Another reason why Daisy is not a respectable person is the way she cares for her daughter.
She does not want anything to do with her daughter; she just wants her to be a fool. “The best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool” (Gatsby, 21) She wants her daughter to be successful in her beauty but not in her brain. In addition, Daisy has no compassion for others. She toys with Gatsby’s emotions by playing along with his fantasy. Gatsby wants Daisy to leave Tom so they can relive the past but Daisy will not tell Tom about her unfaithfulness. She wants both men because both are rich and at the top of the upper class, and that is all she really cares for.
In truth Gatsby never cared about money, the only wealth he desired was Daisy’s love. His ambitions and gullibility to believe that a superficial person like Daisy would ever make his dreams come true is what makes opinions of Gatsby so extreme. He was blinded by the thought of Daisy. He could not see her true colors. Daisy is a prime example that chasing after the glitzy life of the elite will make you depicted in a negative way, and it will corrupt values and morals until there is only selfishness and materialism.