Is Daisy Responsible for the Destruction of Daisy's Dream

‘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’ (pg 107) Is Daisy responsible for the destruction of Gatsby’s dreams?

In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, ‘The Great Gatsby’, Jay Gatsby’s impossible dream is an excellent portrayal of societies expectations throughout the Roaring Twenties. Jay Gatsby has an elusive dream; to be reconciled in his forever lasting love with Daisy Buchanan. However, Daisy is only responsible for the downfall of Gatsby’s dreams to a certain extent as it was also Gatsby himself who created this fantasy. Wealth and consumerism consume Jay Gatsby’s existence as he believes he is doing this all for Daisy but Gatsby’s ideas become more than what Daisy can possible live up to . Ultimately, it is not Daisy Buchanan who destroys Gatsby’s dreams but it is undoubtedly Gatsby who destroys his own expectations. Through materialistic possessions and childhood aspirations, it is evident that Gatsby has an ‘extraordinary gift for hope’ and this gift is his curse.

Daisy Buchanan’s aura of luxury, grace and charm is the epitome of what Gatsby desires to possess.   It is this that, ultimately destroys him in the future. Filled with greed and cynicism, Gatsby’s dream of acquiring Daisy’s entire heart ‘goes beyond her, beyond everything.’ No longer looking at the final dream but merely the steps to succeed his dream girl, he stumbles upon himself and tragically exterminates his hopes.   So dazed by the complexity of Daisy, Gatsby is unable to realise that the woman he dreams to be there, slipped far from him, many years ago; and he is not yearning for her, but the girl he has conjured in his mind. Daisy Buchanan did not need to destroy Gatsby’s dream for she was one of many who were merely a part of it, and not the creator.

Jay Gatsby was always a determined man, constantly acquiring wealth and fortune to achieve the epitome of excellence amongst...