Tom and Daisy’s attachment of high social status and wealth kept their marriage. Daisy was a shallow and greedy woman who would stay with men simply for luxury and entertainment. She loved no one but herself. They are the same type of people — old money and self-centered. Meanwhile, Gatsby’s obsession of reaching his “American Dream” blinded his eyes and made him thinks that he was in love with Daisy.
Gatsby believes that wealth is the only way that he will “gain respect” (47) from Daisy so he acquires money by whatever means possible. The need to become wealthy for Daisy, drove Gatsby to the point of getting involved in “illegal activities (123) in order to become rich for Daisy. On the other hand, Daisy Buchanan determines who she will marry by how much money a person has. When Daisy was young, she has a relationship with Gatsby, but breaks it off because he does not “have enough money” (112). She then decides to settle on Tom, who is “abusive” (23) which Daisy tolerates due to the fact that Tom is extremely wealthy.
“’I know you didn't mean to, but you did do it. That's what I get for marrying a brute of a man’” (72), and he does not seem to care much about her. Daisy confused love with wealth, “’She wanted her life shaped now, immediately – and the decision must be made by some force – of love, of money, of unquestionable practicality’” (151), therefore, Tom easily bought her love with “’a string of pearls valued at three hundred and fifty thousand dollars’” (76). Daisy’s incontrollable passion for wealth overtakes her identity causing conflictions within her life. Daisy thought she had everything desired in the American
Jay Gatz had come from nothing really, and had earned everything he had whether it be through black market alcohol or through the war. Although Gatz seemed to have it all and then some, he did not have what he so desperately craved the most in the end, and this was Daisy. Daisy was Tom Buchanan’s wife, a rich fellow, but before she was wed to Tom, Daisy loved Gatsby, as she had met him before he had gone to the war, at the officers party her mother had thrown 5 years prior. Gatsby was a very achieved man, as mentioned before he had acquired large amounts of currency, through bootlegged alcohol. He was associated with Meyer Wolfsheim, and even showed Nick around one of the speakeasy clubs that he and Meyer Wolfsheim ran together, in attempt to lead Nick to invite Daisy over so Gatsby could be reunited with his once informal lover before the war.
He conveys the irony of the parties and elaborate lifestyles through the novel. F. Scott Fitzgerald encompasses the reality of the roaring twenties by dramatizing the lack of morals, exposing the careless mindset of the wealthy, and revealing the distorted illusion of happiness. The traditional values and virtues of the previous eras have been replaced with amorality and fornication. For instance, Tom Buchanan knows that Daisy has no way out of their marriage, so he openingly has an affair. His mistress, Myrtle is also stuck in a loveless marriage, thus leading her to act upon her sexual desires with Tom The fact that people of this era, an example being Tom and Daisy, only marry for status and riches and not for love, leads spouses
Keep this in mind. Finally, Zelda’s parallel, Daisy, is portrayed in a very unflattering way. Daisy only loves money, which is why she ended up with an abusive cheater. Daisy only takes notice of Gatsby, the one who parallels her husband, after she discovers his wealth. Then, when he dies, she doesn’t even attend his funeral.
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
The American Dream is the belief that any person can follow their own dream. This concept has always been one of the driving forces behind American society and is unique to every person. The American Dream is very popular in American culture, especially literature such as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. The Great Gatsby tells the story of Jay Gatsby from the viewpoint of his friend and neighbor, Nick Carraway. It shows how Gatsby’s seemingly perfect and wealthy lifestyle during the roaring 1920’s is all a part of his dream to attain the “love” of his life, Daisy.
In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, the obsession with wealth and love ruined the American dream/ the Characters lives. “Myrtle has her affair with Tom due to the privileged world it grants her access”(Wulick). One of the main examples of wealth destroying a character 's life is Myrtle 's story. Myrtle is the wife of a lowly mechanic in the valley of ashes. Myrtle is taken away by the enormity of Tom Buchanan 's wealth and is instantly attracted to him.
During her youth, Daisy fell in love with Gatsby, but ended the relationship with him after World War 1 because of Gatsby’s financial situation which he was poor. So instead she ended up marrying Tom, who was very wealthy and would be able to provide Daisy a luxurious lifestyle. But Gatsby truly believed in his heart that Daisy would leave Tom now that Gatsby is wealthy. When Gatsby implied, “ She never loved you, do you hear?… She only married you because I was poor and she was tired of waiting for me.”(Fitzgerald 130). Gatsby knew that Daisy was self-centered and only cared about wealth, because if she truly loved him, she would wait for him to return back.
In the novel the Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald creates a main character that catches the attention of his readers that goes by Jay Gatsby although originally named James Gatz. He is the main character of the novel who is the namesake of the novel. Gatsby is a wealthy Bootlegger from North Dakota that moved to Long Island who pursues one thing and that is Daisy Buchanan, the love he lost five years earlier to another millionaire. He is very self conscious and cares very much about his outward appearance to the public. His quest for the American dream leads him from poverty to wealth, and to the love of his life as well as his death.
Just as others are obsessed with accomplishing the American Dream like Gatsby; Gatsby’s obsession is with Daisy Buchanan, his girlfriend of years past. Incredibly, Gatsby’s reason for accruing his millions is simply to attract one girl to one party, a literal needle in a