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...