The main theme of the novel, expresses a much larger, less romantic view. Though all of its action that takes place over a mere few months during the summer of 1922 and is set in Long Island, New York, The Great Gatsby is a great example on 1920s America as a whole, in particular ways of the American dream in an era of the never known prosperity and material excess. This theme connects to the novel because Gatsby believes his love is for Daisy but Daisy growing up always thought of Money and prosperity as the Love she would find but Gatsby didn't have it at the time he met her!
I am still a little afraid of missing something if I forget that, as my father snobbishly suggested, and I snobbishly repeat, a sense of the fundamental decencies is parceled out unequally at birth.(Chapter 1) Suddenly, with a strained sound, Daisy bent her head into the shirts and began to cry stormily."They're such beautiful shirts," she sobbed, her voice muffled in the think folds. "It makes me sad because I've never seen such – such beautiful shirts before." (Chapter 5)
Nick Caraway - " I believe that on the first night I went to Gatsby's house I was one of the few guest who had actually been invited." (43)
"And after boasting this way of my tolerance, I come to the admission that it has a limit." (7)
Myrtle- "The intense vitality that had been so remarkable in the garage was converted in to impressive hauteur"
"The people! You have to keep after all the time" (34)
The green light at the end of Daisy's dock is a huge symbol within the book. To Gatsby, the green light represents his dream, which is Daisy. To attain her would be completing Gatsby's American Dream
"Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter--tomorrow 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.”