Examples Of Conflict In The Great Gatsby

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In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby Jay Gatsby is trying to get back with his true love. Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan are two friends that loved each other. Gatsby, a young man was sent off to war and told his girlfriend, Daisy that he will be back and to wait for him. Years later, Daisy hasn’t heard from Gatsby and found a very rich man, Tom Buchanan, and married him. What was really attractive about Tom to Daisy is that he is crazy rich and Gatsby is not. When Gatsby returned, he was very disappointed to find out that she married someone else. In hopes to get Daisy's attention, he bought a very nice house across the bay from her and threw lavish parties hoping she would attend. After years of parties and no sighting of Daisy, Gatsby went…show more content…
Fitzgerald identifies a conflict with Gatsby that he faces with Daisy. "The day agreed upon was pouring rain. At eleven o'clock a man in a raincoat, dragging a lawn-mower, tapped at my front door and said that Mr. Gatsby had sent him over to cut my grass." (Fitzgerald 83). With this quote, Fitzgerald shows external conflict and how everything has to be perfect and look expensive to impress Daisy. This is showing that Daisy only likes men with money. Secondly, Fitzgerald identifies a conflict that Tom faces with several woman. Tom is married to Daisy, however, his mistress is myrtle. “'I want to see you,' said Tom intently. 'Get on the next train.'” (Fitzgerald 26). With this quote Fitzgerald is showing external conflict, causing Myrtle to cheat on her own husband, and Tom to cheat on his own wife. Because both Daisy and Myrtle care about money more than anything else, they are willing to take risks in a relationship to receive it. The conflicts between Gatsby and Tom that they face with characters continue to prove how money should not influence who you chose to
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