“They were careless people, Tom and Daisy. They smashed up things and people, and then retreated back into their money and their vast carelessness.” – Nick Carraway
The movie ended on a sombre note like all great love stories do, just with a little contrast to the clichéd love tragedies – the hero dies alone. ‘Alone’ – the single most controversial term when it’s placed next to love. If you are alone – people in all probability presume you are not in love. If you are alone, you probably are trying to shield yourself from love or desperate to find love. Also if you are alone, you are probably waiting for love to come which is either long lost or the kind you wish to encounter.
Who’s Jay Gatsby?
Jay Gatsby is a myth wrapped in mystery served in extravagance. He lives in a chateau, throws crazy parties and that’s a given that makes huge money. While everyone knows him, but no one really cares to know who he is. People come to his party uninvited, scavenges on his riches and leaves the dirty place and fashions false stories about him. People love the myths and legends and never makes an attempt to shatter the enigma associated with the name ‘Jay Gatsby’.
Great Gatsby depicts the constant clash between fantasy and reality. The fantasy of who Gatsby is and the ignorance of his reality. The fantasy Gatsby lived in and lived for and the reality that Daisy wanted to escape. The fantasy of love and reality of choice. Gatsby lived to believe that he was the son of God, destined for future glory. He lived under an illusion of inheriting huge property, but instead, he inherited the lifestyle of the elites which helped him to fool people and carve his way up to the ladder of affluence.
He achieved what he believed in and wanted more. He wanted Daisy Buchanan and would do everything to have her. He loved her to the extent of obsession that he could only see the green light at the end of the tunnel emitted from her home but could not see the darkness surrounding it or even looked back to see people who really cared for him. The ending of the movie illustrates how we are deluded by a fantasy that we fail to see past it and not accept the truth. We want a better future, or we cling to our past and not accept our present. We wait for the green light at the end of the tunnel not realising that we are building a palace of dreams where everything is unreal. When the rose-tinted veil of fantasy is removed from our eyes, we are scorched by the reality, and yet we stay in denial and disbelief.