In The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the experience and connection of 5 characters bring them together as their lives twist together and interact. Throughout, the characters start to reveal secrets of the past and present. In these instances, hope is a destructive force because of the lengths it causes these characters to go to.
In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald uses diction and dialogue to emphasize the price of hope and how we can be blinded by it. In The Great Gatsby, we see how hope affects Gatsby’s actions and words. On page 86 we see Gatsby and Daisy interact with each other for the first time since they were young. Gatsby enters the moment very pale-faced and cold, staying reserved. Daisy sitting on the couch is also …show more content…
Scotts Fitzgerald uses detail and dialogue to emphasize how hope can cause us to damage others. On page 121 Tom Buchanan, Nick, and Jordan go to New York in Gatsby’s car while Gatsby and Daisy drive together in Tom’s car. Tom is starting to pick up on the affair. When discussing it with Nick, we can see this in his choice of words: "You think I’m pretty dumb, don’t you?”. Tom is understanding that everyone is aware of the affair except him. At the suite, Fitzgerald shows us Gatsby’s desperate hope for Daisy as he states to Tom, “She never loved you, do you hear?” this dialogue shows us how desperate Gatsby is to take Daisy from Tom. Fitzgerald uses detail to contradict Gatsby’s statement, by having Tom explain intimate moments between Daisy and himself. Gatsby’s hope for Daisy is causing him to damage Daisy’s marriage with Tom, because he is so desperate to take her away, that he eagers her to make a choice. Daisy is unable to admit to Gatsby’s claim, “Oh, you want too much!” she cried to Gatsby. “I love you now-isn;t that enough? I can’t help what’s past”. She is admitting that she did love Tom but her love and hope for Gatsby now should be enough. Daisy and Gatsby’s hope for each other causes them to damage each other and the people around
When Tom and Daisy finally decide to make an appearance at one of Gatsby’s elaborate parties, Tom immediately loathes the entire situation and provokes an argument with Daisy about how Gatsby earned his fortune. After tensions settle Gatsby, overthinking as usual, worries that Daisy did not enjoy herself, feeling “far away from her,” as it is “hard to make her understand” (Fitzgerald 109). He wants her to understand not only how much he loves her, but also his need for her affirmation and denial of her supposed “love” for Tom. In the passage, Fitzgerald expresses how the past, in terms of Daisy and time, haunts Gatsby. He and Daisy used to “sit for hours” just talking, binding together their souls through conversation, to a point where they understood each other so deeply that they knew exactly how the other felt.
In this scene, Gatsby is trying his hardest to win back Daisy even though previous attempts were unsuccessful. In this attempt, Despite Gatsby’s efforts, he watches Daisy vanish into her, “rich, full life,” (Fitzgerald 149), Gatsby in this scene is left with nothing but his own feeling of still being married to her even though shes not there with him. With these feelings, Gatsbys emotions begin to show when he comes to the realization that he'll never get her back. Gatsbys dream of getting Daisy back to fall in love with him is seeming to be getting further and further away from reach as he watches her basically having her best life. Gatsby's obsession with Daisy goes beyond reason and he becomes nearly consumed by his own illusion, as he writes, “No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart.”
Although it is never said within the novel, Nick longs for a life like this, he longs for a life like Gatsby’s. Three very distinct images of hope apply to three very distinct characters. Jay, Daisy, and Nick may hope for their own different reasons, but they all wish for a better future. Another example of hope in the novel is the hopeful relationship between Gatsby and Daisy. The two “lovers” hold tight to their old hope as they ride the waves of their past life.
When Gatsby confronts Daisy about her love for him, Daisy is unable to deny that she didn’t love Tom. She quotes that she “loved [him] now—isn't that enough? I can't help what's past,” (132). Her love for Gatsby causes her to act without thinking. She doesn’t care who she hurts.
Even though Daisy is married to Tom and had a baby with him. Gatsby is still hoping that she leaves Tom for him. Another quote for backing up hope is, “ Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that by year recedes before us. I eluded us then, but that’s no matter tomorrow we will run faster, stretch our arms out farther..
Gatsby is constantly trying to revive his past relationship with Daisy, which ends up taking him away from reality. Gatsby’s obsession with living in the past and daydreaming about Daisy shows when he is talking to Tom and mentions that, “Your wife doesn’t love you … she’s never loved you. She loves me” (Fitzgerald 130). Gatsby needs Daisy to tell Tom that she never loved him so they can make up for the past time they lost together. Later, finding out the true reason “Gatsby bought that [mansion is] so that Daisy would be just across the bay” (Fitzgerald 78).
The Great Gatsby Modern society seems to be very hopeful and look forward to things like the future. But what if so much hope could lead them to think they're unstoppable? What if society had too much hope? A lot of hope could possibly lead to a crisis. F. Scott Fitzergerald wrote the novel “The Great Gatsby” in which three characters Gatsby, George, and Myrtle have had too much hope but it didn't end so well at the end for them.
As the plot develops, it is revealed that Daisy is also involved in a secret relationship with her past love, Gatsby. Both secret and destructive relationships of the husband and wife demonstrate their carelessness for each other's feelings. When Gatsby confesses his love for Daisy in front of her husband, Tom is quick to say, “Once in a while, I go off on a spree and make a fool of myself, but I always come back, and in my heart I love her all the time..” (Fitzgerald 138). This confession from Tom demonstrates his carelessness for Daisy’s feelings as he has spent many days away from her, violating and breaking their vows, and only when his relationship with her is threatened, is he able to show love for her.
Tom had researched Gatsby's past to find out that he had a scary secret. Gatsby did not want Daisy to think that he was involved in sketchy business so he started to defend himself. The argument between Gatsby and Tom put a bad image of Gatsby in Daisy’s head which darkened their relationship. Later in the story when Wilson finds out about Myrtle’s affair, Fitzgerald gives the readers another example of how love can ruin relationships: “‘I've got my wife locked up in there,’ explained Wilson calmly, ‘She’s going to stay there till the day after tomorrow, and then we’re going to move away’” (Fitzgerald 136).
Fitzgerald in the novel, uses careless individuals who would destroy everything and everyone and yet still manage to retreat back to their money. Daisy Buchanan, the ‘golden girl’ is rather dishonest and deceitful throughout the novel. As she starts having her affair with Gatsby, she creates unrealistic expectations in Gatsby head about their future together. As Gatsby is having drinks at the Buchanan’s, Tom leaves the room and Daisy kisses Gatsby and declares, ‘I don’t care!’ At this point, the audience realizes that Daisy is and always was in love with Gatsby and that she was prepared to leave Tom.
“‘Even that’s a lie,’ said Tom savagely. She didn’t know you were alive. Why- there’re things between Daisy and me that you’ll never know, things that neither of us can ever forget.” (Fitzgerald 132). Even when Tom knows that Daisy is cheating on him with Jay Gatsby, he contends his marriage and fights for her.
she cried to Gatsby. ‘I love you now--isn’t that enough?”’ (132) Tom tried to prove to Daisy that Gatsby was a bootlegger and that he was worth nothing. “‘She’s not leaving me!’...’Certainly not for a common swindler who’d have to steal the ring he put on her finger,’” (133). As Tom convinced Daisy that she loved him more than Gatsby, Gatsby still tried to find the little love she still had for him before it was too late.
Once Daisy begins to see Gatsby on a regular basis, Gatsby begins to encourage Daisy to leave Tom and create a life with him. In the novel, Nick observes, “He wanted nothing less of Daisy than that she should go to Tom and say: "I never loved you." After she had obliterated four years with that sentence they could decide upon the more practical measures to be taken. One of them was that, after she was free, they were to go back to Louisville and be married from her house—just as if it were five years ago.” Gatsby believes he can provide Daisy with a lavish and happy life that her unfaithful husband could never give