Imagination plays a major role in the character of Jay Gatsby, Sarty Snopes, and Harry. All three characters use imagination as a way to express their emotions and feelings. For Gatsby, imagination leads to his detriment and ultimately his death. The imagination of Sarty Snopes leads him to believe in a society of values and go against the views of his father. In a series of flashbacks Harry's mind has to deal with the emotional pain of his impending death.
In Fitgerald's "The Great Gatsby", the allure of Gatsby is one of mystery at first. He is a man preoccupied by a certain vision of himself embedded in his head. The entire persona of Jay Gatsby is portrayed as a fiction in the man's mind, a vision of himself he had spent years creating. The Buchanan's base themselves solely on material things and Gatsby would seem to be exactly the opposite of this extreme, to be a man living solely according to imagination and emotion.
His mansion and extravagant lifestyle are furnished for the sake of winning back Daisy, to complete a missing piece of this persona called Gatsby. He spends many nights staring at the green light at the end of her dock, across the bay from his mansion. This green light symbolizes Gatsby's lust and passion for Daisy and he imagines what he it would be like to once again have a relationship with her. In an attempt to gain Daisy's love he invites Tom and Daisy to a party of his. It is easy to see how a man who has gone to such great lengths to achieve wealth and luxury would find Daisy so alluring: for her, the aura of wealth and luxury comes effortlessly. She is able to take her...