Compare And Contrast Daisy And Zelda In The Great Gatsby

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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, The Great Gatsby, although still a marvel in literature today, has more than meets the eye. Underneath all of Jay Gatsby’s extravagant parties and wealth disputes, Fitzgerald attempted to tell the struggles of his personal life through his work. The Great Gatsby portrayed many aspects of Fitzgerald’s life, the biggest portrayal is Daisy as a representation of his actual wife, Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald. In the novel Daisy lives a very materialistic and luxurious lifestyle, is a very flimsy lover, and quotes Zelda’s actual words.

Both Zelda and Daisy lived very materialistic and luxurious lives. Daisy comes from a well-off family in Louisville, Kentucky. She then continues this lifestyle by marrying an extremely wealthy man. “...and the day before the wedding he gave her a string of pearls valued at three hundred and fifty thousand dollars” (Fitzgerald 76). Most likely this was to convince her that during their marriage, he would take care of her financially. From this it is obvious to see that Daisy matches love with materials, therefore giving her a very materialistic outlook on love. On the other hand, Zelda was also very accustomed to a wealthy lifestyle. “Unfortunately, his paltry salary was not enough to convince Zelda to marry him, and… she broke their engagement in 1919… Fitzgerald, suddenly a rich and famous author, married Zelda a week after its publication” (Willett). This shows that Zelda would not marry Fitzgerald unless he had
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Daisy, going back and forth between Tom and Jay, only wanted whichever man could support her with the most wealth. Whereas Zelda was said to have had an affair. “An affair with a French naval aviator strained their marriage,” Willett wrote, explaining how Zelda found other ways to fulfill her life after the strain was created (Willett). Zelda, mirroring Daisy, was also said to have harlot-like
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