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
“’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.
Gatsby says “Her voice was full of money.” This shows that he associated his love with Daisy to his pursuit of wealth and power. He wants Daisy because of the wealth that she represents. Gatsby wanted Daisy more than anything else. He could not move on.
(Fitzgerald 17) She wants her daughter to grow up without dishonest and fraudulent behavior that is in the world. Daisy realizes what true love really is when Gatsby returns. She realizes that she could’ve married Gatsby and been wealthy if only she would’ve waited for him to return like he had asked. This realization ruins her happiness she thought she had when she married Tom Buchanan.
I believe that Fitzgerald’s parallel to Gatsby and Zelda’s parallel to Daisy says something important about their relationship. If we go off of what happened in the book, Fitzgerald was, at one time, enamoured with Zelda, and became wealthy to win her over. It worked, and the two of them got married. However, Fitzgerald soon realized that it was not him Zelda loved, but his wealth and success. This must have devastated Fitzgerald, as Gatsby’s life ended because of Daisy.
The chase for the American Dream and ideal man to be with destroyed Daisy’s
Have you ever wondered what the stereotypes of women were in the 1920’s? Well, in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book, The Great Gatsby, there are three different types of stereotypes for women. In this book, a man named Nick Carraway moves near a billionaire who goes by the name Gatsby. Gatsby hosts many parties which include many different types of people, such as gold diggers, golden girls, and the new women. Throughout this book, Nick gets to meet all three types of these girls, and gets to spend time with them.
This shows that to people money matters so much they would go to measures of spending massive amounts of money to gain what they desire most. Second, Myrtle's desire for money compelled her to cheat on George and go for Tom because he's rich. This shows that people with a crave for money would go so far as to be unfaithful to their spouse. Finally, Daisy "began to cry stormily" at Gatsby's "beautiful shirts," (Fitzgerald chapter 5 pg 92) because she heavily admires and is impressed with his fortune. People who get emotional and get overwhelmed by someone's wealth must extremely admire them.
The Great Gatsby is set in New York City and on Long Island, in two areas known as "East Egg" and "West Egg", in real life, Port Washington and Great Neck peninsulas on Long Island. In the early 1920’s World War I had just come to an end. A new generation came to New York from small towns in search of excitement, chance, and a “new” way of living. Fitzgerald accurately portrays elements, such as greed, celebration and “new money” of the 1920’s in The Great Gatsby. Fitzgerald accurately portrays the 1920s in The Great Gatsby through greed by using the characters Daisy Buchanan and Myrtle Wilson.
This lead to Daisy falling in love for Tom Buchanan, not only for his looks but for his wealth. Even though Gatsby knew Daisy was no longer his, he looked for Daisy everyday. This inspired him even more to pursue his dream to become successful and wealthy to win Daisy back. After this Gatsby spends his life doing nothing but trying to earn as much money as possible.
Nick, Jay, and the Search for The American Dream Who is the real Jay Gatsby? Is he an Old Rich gentleman who grew into his money or a New Rich partier who "worked" for his money? What about Nick Carraway? Is he a young man who traveled east to escape his old life or to begin a new chapter? Through the narration of Nick Carraway in The Great Gatsby, Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald elaborately tells the exhilarating, exciting, and extremely emotional story of Jay Gatsby on his quest to acquire true love.
The marriage between Daisy and Tom started off with Tom cheating on their honeymoon. This endless act pattern never ceases. While Tom does claim that “[o]nce 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,” Daisy snapily replies “you 're revolting.” Even at the beginning of the book, Daisy refers to Tom as “a brute of a man, a great, big, hulking physical specimen.” She married him because of his status and the “pomp and circumstance” he brought.
However, as with his money, by the novel 's end, his relationship with Daisy, too, fails. In the confrontational scene between Gatsby, Tom, and Daisy (with Jordan and Nick as spectators), Gatsby demands Daisy admit that she never loved Tom; but she cannot. Distraught with emotion, Daisy, exclaims to him, "I did love [Tom] once -- but I loved you too," which does not suffice for Gatsby. Gatsby wants Daisy 's whole love, her unadulterated and exclusive love, but is jarred by the startling reality that due to the passage of time, and the cruelty of fate, Daisy loved Tom when she could not love Gatsby. Gatsby 's pursuit of her, of the past, is now a void because something has happened that he cannot -- and will never be able to -- control: Daisy and Tom 's marriage.