She’s consistently on his mind and he focuses on every aspect of her life that she desired to win her over again just like in the past. Gatsby longed for Daisy for many years that it consumed everything about his lifestyle. He feels that he must live up to the American Dream to achieve his dream of rekindling his relationship with Daisy. Gatsby says, “’Can't repeat the past?’” he cried incredulously. “’Why of course you can!’” (Fitzgerald, 111), he wanted to reverse time and be back five years ago, to when Daisy was not married and they were together, however, this time around he would be wealthy.
Despite his poor upbringing Gatsby falls in love with Daisy, a young woman from an affluent background. Her parents do not approve of their relationship, but Gatsby still promises to remain faithful to her when he leaves to fight in the war. While he is away, Daisy meets another man named Tom Buchanan whom she later marries. Although Daisy is married to another man, Mr. Gatsby refrains from entering into a relationship with any other women, and always keeps Daisy in his heart. Tom has many mistresses while he is married to Daisy, which further complicates the situation.
In the story the narrator, Nick Carraway, moves to West Egg on Long Island. He then lives next door to the main character Jay Gatsby. Carraway follows Gatsby around throughout the story, as Gatsby tries to win back the married Daisy Buchanan. It has been said that Daisy is being partially based on
Gatsby was a good person at heart but in flesh all you saw were lies, Daisy saw that in him too. In the end Gatsby’s hope on winning Daisy back was so high that ever time the phone rang or every corner he turned he looked and waited for her but she was nowhere to be seen. During his last day, last hours of breath he spent the time waiting for Daisy to call him and tell him that she was ready to run away with him and live happily ever after, “ I have an idea that Gatsby himself didn’t believe it would come and perhaps he no longer cared (Fitzgerald 169).” but she never did call. In his last few hours at the chance to run away and save himself for the death that was awaiting him he spent the time at home, in his pool waiting for her to call. When he took his final breath he was shot by mistake.
Comparing what is accepted as real love to what we see in the book, we know that none of the relationships are held together by love. Tom and Daisy Buchanan show us the absence of love within the story on a surface level. It was said that Daisy had once loved Tom, but over the few years they have been married they drifted apart. Tom has had multiple affairs,
Many men had already loved Daisy- it increased her value in his eyes” (149). Daisy, as an upper class and elegant girl, and almost unreachable for Gatsby, was a part of his American Dream. But he never realized that his love for Daisy is actually his own obsession of reaching his dream that he planed when he was young. His little disappointment after he
Throughout the story Tom still feels some sort of commitment to his wife, even though he’s screwing around with Myrtle behind Daisy’s back. I think Tom is confused. He chooses to be with Myrtle over Daisy, but feels the need to protect Daisy when she’s threatened, it actually seems that he cares for both women, but can’t commit to either.
In chapter 22, Foster states, “It is nearly always the case that figurative seeing and blindness are at work” (Foster 204). In The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby was blinded by the past, and all he focused on was saving Daisy from her delusional life. In chapter 5, Nick observes, “He hadn't once ceased looking at Daisy, and I think he revalued everything in his house according to the measure of response it drew from her well-loved eyes” (Fitzgerald 98). All Jay could see was how Daisy used to be and how much they used to love each other. He could not see through Daisy’s selfishness and thus allowed Daisy to use him to relive her glory days.
Throughout the book Gatsby tries many different ways to catch Daisy’s attention. For instance, "Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay, (63). Gatsby has very strong feelings for Daisy and he starts by getting close to her so he can see her. Gatsby threw tons of parties trying to get Daisy to attend. He even uses her cousin,
Some might say that Gatsby is a “massive dreamer” or that he was delusional, living in denial I believe that Gatsby is a delusional dreamer. He expected far too much from Daisy, after not seeing her for 5 years. He was a man of hope he thought he can repeat the past and get Daisy back in his life, to the point where he would reach out for the green light which embodied Daisy. Gatsby was aware that Daisy had a daughter, yet when he looked at her, he was surprised. The daughter was never part of Gatsby’s dream, he only wanted Daisy and only Daisy.