Gatsby, himself, is not who he appears to be either. He lies about his background to Daisy and Nick, claiming to be the son of some wealthy people in order to seem as good as the old-money crowd. In actuality, he is a man named James Gatz, who comes from a very poor family and wants all the trappings of the American Dream. James Gatz will never be good enough to be with Daisy, and in reluctance to accept the reality of who he really is, he recreates himself as Gatsby. “Being with her, both someone he loves and a symbol of the East Egg world he covets, would be the ultimate victory.” (Emsteph) The hope that they will be together again is the main motivation behind his acquisition of immense wealth. He believes that the amassed fortune he earned through illegal activity exceeds Tom’s and makes him suitable to be with Daisy, and it seems like they have a chance when they reunite and begin an affair. This, however, only comes crashing down in the story. Gatsby might be able to change his identity to create a new image of himself, but in reality, he cannot change who really is. That person will never be good enough for the old money crowd, nor adequate for Daisy. With her fickle personality, she ends up returning to her husband, and Gatsby’s relentless pursuit gets him killed.One of the themes highlighted in The Great Gatsby is that the past cannot be repeated, and, caught up in his fantasy, Gatsby refuses to accept this. His belief that you can repeat the past has laid the foundation of his whole life as he acquired fantastic amounts of money through criminal activity. ““Can’t repeat the past?” he cried incredulously. “Why of course you can!… I’m going to fix everything just the way it was before… she’ll see.”” (Fitzgerald, pg.106) When Gatsby replies this to Nick, he is sure of himself and of being able to reclaim the time when he and Daisy first met now that he has the money to prove his worth. This view is very simplistic and impractical, showing how completely he skews reality in his desperation to have the woman of his dreams. She is Gatsby’s sole purpose for living—he has dedicated his life to winning Daisy back, devoting every ounce of his energy and resources into becoming as rich as possible so that he could pick up where they left off all those years ago. His life had been incomplete since he lost her, and he somehow feels that if he could just go back and do it all again the right way, he would find the thing that has been missing. However, no matter how hard Gatsby tries or the lengths he goes to, he cannot relive the past, nor help what has passed during the five years him and Daisy were apart. She fell in love, married, and had a child with Tom, something that cannot be erased. “His dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him” (Fitzgerald, pg. 171) Being so fixated on his life before, Gatsby fails to see the reality of his circumstances and of his future—a future that doesn’t involve Daisy. Accepting this would shatter all of his hopes and dreams, so he remains in his denial until the very end of the story when he is murdered on account of Daisy.