In Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, James Gatz had a great thirst to achieve the “American dream”. Indeed, James was an idealist, who would like to obtain incompatible means of love and wealth at once. His tragedy was in his inability to balance the desired with reality. After all, the race to satisfy the contrary desires had cost James a lot more than money. Gatz was an ambitious and a truly self-made person. He came from poverty and became a part of the select society. His wished to return the heart of his beloved Daisy through grand parties and materialism. On one hand, Gatz was a romantic, and on the other- a man lost in his own reality. It is true that he was full of sincere feelings for a woman, appreciating material wealth far more than a cultural one. As Tom once said: “Her voice is full of money.” (Fitzgerald 120). Daisy was a woman of utter mercantilism and a narrow mind. When Gatz took her fall for running down the lover of her “beloved” husband, she neither had an objection nor conscience. It proved that a man driven by a dream could not control himself. James’ inability of handling reality betrayed him, and, in the end, his uncompromising devotion to his American dream ran rings around him. James’ desire to make a material fortune alongside love had drastically let him down. In fact, he did not attribute himself to anything concrete. Gatz was neither a part of the elite nor living in East Egg. He possessed great amounts of money, but no one knew how he made it. Besides, James had several questionable connections with some shady people. Essentially, a person without definite social position will not obtain wealth at its most. This is why those facts were spreading disfavor around him. Moreover, Gatz had the nature of going criminal in the name of the sincerest and in-corrupt feelings. Sadly, to the great majority, he was an upstart who was betrayed just as quickly as Daisy’s intent not to come to his funeral. After all, Daisy and Tom recklessly “retreated back into their money… that kept them together.” (Fitzgerald 179). This was the reality that he kept rejecting. James was a man who did not play by social rules and kept pursuing love through money. Nonetheless, Gatz’s character showed the unattainability of the American dream. The pursuit of love and wealth together trample any laws of morality. James affection for Daisy, the rich, arrogant, brat, blurred his mind and made him refuse the reality. The Great Gatsby is a tragedy of a man, downfallen by bourgeois America and its device “Money often costs too much” (Emerson).