Examples Of Obsession In The Great Gatsby

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Consumed by Obsession Obsession is like an addiction. Constantly thinking about someone or something and not being able to imagine life without that one thing can consume oneself. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby one of the main characters in the novel is a wealthy man who lives on the West Egg. Gatsby lies about who he is however, the one thing he does not lie about is his feelings towards Daisy. Although, what Gatsby feels for Daisy might be love, Gatsby’s actions suggest he may not have loved Daisy at all but was rather obsessed. Gatsby’s denial of Daisy’s personal life, his desperation to be closer to her, and his willingness to take responsibility of a murder for Daisy indicates he is clearly obsessed with her. Firstly, when one is preoccupied with the thoughts of an individual it can make one be in denial and not accept the reality of a situation. Daisy Buchanan has moved on from Gatsby and has married another man by the name of Tom …show more content…

As told by Jordan Baker, Daisy and Gatsby had a long history back in Louisville. They went their separate ways after Gatsby went to war. Five years later Gatsby got a house right across the lake from Daisy’s, to be closer to her. When Jordan finished telling Nick the story about Daisy and Gatsby she adds, “Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay” (Fitzgerald 76). Purchasing a house like Gatsby can be a major step in one’s life as there is a lot of planning involved. For Gatsby it seems, getting a house meant that it was important for him to be closer to Daisy. He is so desperate to have Daisy all to himself that he went the extra mile of getting a house right across from hers. By examining Gatsby’s decision of getting a house near Daisy’s illustrates, his obsessive nature as he goes to great lengths to have her even if that is taking the blame for something he did not

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