There is quite a long list who were challenged to write about the American Dream but “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald is worth special attention. Everything that is seen on the surface can’t be taken as the truth. It’s hard to recognize real faces, real wishes as well as real ups and downs behind the numerous masks which are chosen by people. Or by fate?
Psychologists like to investigate their clients’ childhood while searching for the reasons of psychological traumas in the adolescence. Gatsby’s overwhelming success is rooted in the poverty which he detested from a boy. His wish “to possess” knew no measure, but he reassured himself that all of that was for the sake of love. As Gholipour and Sanahmadi (2013) said: “Wealth is easy to come and it is used as a tool to obtain other desire.”
Running away from himself and being the greatest loner, the main character had to invent the reason which would explain his actions and his life itself. What could be more appealing than love? It explains why he resisted the present and why he wished to start everything all over again: “Can’t repeat the past?… Why of course you can!” (Fitzgerald, n.d.). It’s the choice made by Gatsby consciously.
The consequences of the accident at the end of the novel could be various: Daisy could run away with Gatsby; she could admit her guilt; if her choice would be Gatsby, the story would have another scenario. If Jay could leave the idea of conquering Daisy’s heart, he could stay alive or could be killed by mafia. Myrtle could contact Tom later instead of throwing herself under the car which wasn’t her lover’s one.
Everyone made choices that had to result in certain actions. So, thinking that fate consists of million possible alternatives, the whole story may be considered as a trick of destiny. But I believe that people are architects of their happiness.
Fitzgerald, F. Scott. (n.d.). The Great Gatsby.
Gholipour, A. Mojtaba, Sanahmadi, B. Mina. (2013). A Psychoanalytic Attitude to the Great Gatsby. International Journal of Humanities and Management Sciences, 1 (1), 51.