In the novel, The Great Gatsby, Nick first sees Gatsby as new rich, neighbor, that parties and wishes to live in East Egg. He becomes friends with Jay and gets to know him as a guy that thinks you can always turn back time. He dreams of Daisy, his Golden Girl, and tries to make things the way they were before.
Jay Gatsby, unlike Nick, doesnt developing the course of the novel. His whole life is devoted to the fulfillment of a romantic dream he created at a very early age. By its very nature, his dream requires an adolescent faith amounting to self delusion to sustain it.
Nick soon discovers Gatsbys and Daisys relationship and their long affair. He finds out that Gatsby used to be involved with Daisy, when he was still young and poor. When Gatsby left for war, Daisy went ahead and married Tom, a wealthy man.
When Gatsby comes back he makes a fortune smuggling alcohol illegally. He lives an outgoing life. Having parties at his west egg house daily. Jay had many people he didnt know attending the party, those people were though very prominent people. Those people Gatz wanted to be around, he used to just look down at East egg and admire it. Little did nick know that all the time Gatz was throwing the parties for Daisy. Gatsby wanted to turn back the clocks and maybe get back together with Daisy at the parties he was throwing. She was his dream golden girl he always wanted but couldnt get.
Nick sees Gatsby at the end as a romantic dreamer who seeks his ideal by amassing wealth as a racketeer. Gatz was a symbol for the whole American Experience When his dream becomes unfulfilled and not expected what it would be, Gatsby gets destroyed by his own illusions.