The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a story of an eccentric millionaire, Jay Gatsby, that is told by Nick Carraway, a Midwestern that lives on Long Island, next door to Gatsby. This story revolves around Gatsby’s one true desire: to be reunited with Daisy and recreate the past that was once a dream come true five years ago. Gatsby’s quest to gain back his one true love leads him to poverty to wealth, into the arms of his beloved, and eventually to his tragic death. It is a well written novel of love and tragedy written by Fitzgerald to capture a cross-section of the American society. Fitzgerald didn’t fail to capture the beauty and tragedy of Gatsby’s first love with colorful literary language. The theme I have developed for this story is the American Dream can be corrupted by money and power, making it unattainable.To initiate, the theme, the American Dream can be corrupted by money andpower, making it unattainable, is heavily supported by many literary devices.Throughout the book, Nick tries to capture a few glimpses of Gatsby’s dream and thesignificance in those moments. The first literary device is a simile of when Gatsby is 1describing his life as a rich young boy in Europe. The text states, ” I decided to call to him. Miss Baker had mentioned him at dinner, and that would do for an introduction. But I didn’t call to him, for he gave a sudden intimation that he was content to be alone—he stretched out his arms 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. When I looked once more for Gatsby he had vanished, and I was alone again in the unquiet darkness.” This is an example of visual imagery as well as personification due to the fact that a human trait was given to the darkness. The visual imagery is described as Nick gives his audience a first glimpse of Gatsby’s American Dream, which the audience can’t fully take in due to the fact that the story is in Nick’s point of view. In our first glimpse of Jay Gatsby, he is reaching out to something far which is as well symbolic. This is so since Gatsby is giving the idea that people are always reaching out for greatness that is bigger than them, which can be out of their reach. Not only symbolic, but this text depicts foreshadow, which is the unhappy ending for Gatsby and marking his as a dreamer due to the fact that people like Tom and Daisy, who are birthed into money, don’t have to strive as hard for their dreams.Furthermore, later in the book Gatsby recalls his past with Daisy and is nostalgic as he 2 memerizes when he first kisses Daisy. According to the text, ” 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. So he waited, listening for a moment longer to the tuning fork that had been struck upon a star. Then he kissed her. At his lips’ touch she blossomed for him like a flower and the incarnation was complete.” This quote could be seen as a simile due to Daisy kissing Gatsby, was compared with a blossoming flower. The incarnation part is very symbolic depicting that once Gatsby kisses her, his idealized, expansive vision will no longer exist, and instead will experience a more realistic vision of his dream. This specific moment is what ties Daisy to Gatsby’s unattainable dream for a better life, and when it sets the tragic ending and unfortunate reality of Gatsby’s dream. Although, Daisy isn’t able to take the weight of Gatsby’s dream that he forces upon her, making her choose Tom as an easy way out.Lastly, Nick tries to make Gatsby see the reality of his dream, trying to make him realize that he cannot recreate the past. Gatsby is in denial and is persistent that he can convince Daisy3to be a part of his American Dream. For example, “I wouldn’t ask too much of her,” I ventured.”You can’t repeat the past.” “Can’t repeat the past?” he cried incredulously. “Why of course you can!”He looked around him wildly, as if the past were lurking here in the shadow of his house, just out of reach of his hand. “I’m going to fix everything just the way it was before,” he said, nodding determinedly. “She’ll see.” This could be seen as personification due to how the past is “lurking” in the shadow of his house. It could also be seen as symbolism since Gatsby can’t seem to let go of the past. Due to this, this is the inconspicuous end of Gatsby’s dream since he cannot accept the REAL truth of his dream. He is madly in love with Daisy, and desperately wants Daisy to tell Tom that she never loved him. But the real truth is that Daisy cannot tell Tom that she doesn’t love him because at one point she did love him. Leaving Tom would have a huge impact in Daisy’s life and would most likely ruin her. At this point in this novel, Gatsby’s dream is UNATTAINABLE even though Daisy tells him that it’s not attainable nor realistic. Although, Gatsby is naive and won’t see past his desires, costing him his life. All in all, at the end of the book, Nick describes Gatsby’s optimism towards his American Dream, but most importantlyhow Gatsby’s goal is similar to the main goal of American. The author states, 4 “Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter – to-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther….And one fine morning –So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” It can be concluded that this is symbolic because of the repetition of the green light, that is so meaningful to Gatsby. Gatsby’s main goal in his life was to better himself in hopes of achieving his goal to get Daisy. During those five years, he builds up Daisy in his mind, picturing her as a perfect human, and his one way ticket to happiness. Unfortunately, his expectation of her are ruined when they get the opportunity to be together. He is unable to accept her materialism, the child she bears with Tom, and her reliance on money. But what he’s not willing to accept is that Daisy once loved Tom, and that she can’t be exactly how she was when they were eighteen. Due to Gatsby’s unrealistic expectations, Gatsby was willing to to move forward and seek the next dream that would make him happy. This could be seen as America’s main goal in life due to the fact that people at times are willing to achieve more, rather than be satisfied with what they already have.In conclusion, Fitzgerald didn’t fail to capture the pain of believing in a dream that wasn’t attainable, even if it has already exceeded to its best. Fitzgerald portrays Gatsby’s dream in a pessimistic way, as one that cannot be achieved, and presents the American Dream as a need and a futile dream. Although, he does believe that the act is what truly defines our nature, but the fact that we will always continue to strive for it.