Sonali PatelMs. Orr
English 3 Block 1
February 22, 2016
How Far
"Then wear the gold hat, if that will move her; If you can bounce high, bounce for her too, Till she cry "Lover, gold-hatted, high-bouncing lover, I must have you!" How far would someone go for the one they love? Throughout the ages, people have gone to great lengths in order to impress the ones they love. In the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the protagonist, Jay Gatsby, is characterized as a dreamer, a liar and selfless in his ceaseless attempts to make Daisy fall in love with him.
When Gatsby first met Daisy he was an officer in the war, but they were separated when Gatsby was shipped out to war.  Gatsby has been waiting five years for his reunion with Daisy Buchanan and has spent that time dreaming about their life together. Gatsby moved and bought a house across the bay from Daisy in order to be closer to his dream of being with her. "...he [Gatsby] stretched out his arms towards the dark water in a curious way, and, far as I was from him, I could have sworn he was trembling" (20-21). Although Nick does not realize it at the time, Gatsby is looking at the green light at the end of Daisy\'s dock. He is reaching towards the light because he wants Daisy to come back to him. Gatsby has been so close to Daisy but she is just out of reach. "Gatsby bought that house so Daisy would be just across the bay. Then it had not been merely the stars to which he had aspired on that June night" (83). Gatsby\'s whole life after returning from the war was centered around Daisy. His purpose in life was to do everything in his power to fulfill his dream of being with Daisy. He built his wealth and bought his mansion to live up to Daisy\'s already sumptuous lifestyle in order to impress her. Originally Gatsby wanted to be wealthy just to be wealthy; however, after meeting Daisy, he wanted money to win her approval. "Can\'t repeat the past?" he cried incredulously. "Why of course you can!"…"I\'m going to fix everything just the way it was before," he said nodding determinedly. "She\'ll see" (116). Even after five years apart, Gatsby believes everything between him and Daisy could be the same as it was five years ago. Gatsby held on to the time when they were together, and expected their relationship to start as if nothing had happened. He is determined to take Daisy back to that time and relive the feeling they had then. From the moment he met her, Gatsby has been dreaming about Daisy and planning out their future together. This shows that Gatsby is a big dreamer.
On the outside Gatsby seems like an honest person, but his charming smile hides a plethora of lies. "‘I\'ll tell you God\'s truth.\' His right hand suddenly ordered divine retribution to stand by. ‘ I am the son of some wealthy people in the Middle West -all dead now. I was brought up in America but educated in Oxford, ..." (69). Gatsby yearns to be a wealthy man that comes from "old money". People that come from "old money" inherit their wealth from family and Gatsby is striving to be like them. He lies to everyone in order to maintain his facade. Later in the book we learn that this story is a lie. He lies about his past in order to appear as if he has always had money and comes from a rich family like Daisy. " I picked him for a bootlegger the first time I saw him"(141). In this quote Tom is revealing to everyone how Gatsby came about all his money. Tom tells everyone that Gatsby is a bootlegger who has been selling alcohol illegally in his drugstores. This shows that Gatsby got his wealth in dishonest ways. Gatsby was so desperate to be rich that he was willing to do illegal dealings in order to get the money. Gatsby wants the money in order to live up to Daisy\'s expectations. "The truth was that Jay Gatsby of West Egg, Long Island, sprang