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.
Jay Gatsby is the greatest example of the Disillusionment of the American Dream. At a young age Gatsby falls in love with Daisy. When he finally returns home from the war he realizes she is already married. From then on out everything he does is to get his dream back. He starts by buying a house across the bay from her home.
They began to drift apart more and more, that is until Gatsby forced them to confront their marriage when he asked Daisy to say she never loved Tom. This backfires when they began to grow close again. Then, when Daisy kills Myrtle and Tom gets Gatsby killed they run away together, as they always do. The quote, “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy—they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made. .
This must have devastated Fitzgerald, as Gatsby’s life ended because of Daisy. I think that Fitzgerald further cements the idea that Zelda did not love him by not having Daisy attend Gatsby’s funeral. Gatsby is Fitzgerald, a man who is stuck with a woman who doesn’t love him and who “ended his life.” Nick, on the other hand, is the man Fitzgerald wanted to be. Nick is free to love who he wants, he isn’t stuck on somebody who won’t let him move forward in life. Nick has a fling with a man, something that Fitzgerald might have wanted for some time.
“And what's more, I love Daisy too. 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). These words, spoken by Tom Buchanan in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby, exemplify the personality traits that are omnipresent throughout the novel. Tom is Daisy Buchanan’s husband whom she marries after her first love, Jay Gatsby, leaves for the war. Gatsby later tries to reconnect with Daisy, much to the dismay of Tom.
Most likely this was to convince her that during their marriage, he would take care of her financially. From this it is obvious to see that Daisy matches love with materials, therefore giving her a very materialistic outlook on love. On the other hand, Zelda was also very accustomed to a wealthy lifestyle. “Unfortunately, his paltry salary was not enough to convince Zelda to marry him, and… she broke their engagement in 1919… Fitzgerald, suddenly a rich and famous author, married Zelda a week after its publication” (Willett). This shows that Zelda would not marry Fitzgerald unless he had
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. Fitzgerald uses family to symbolize the American
Jordan and Daisy’s white dresses also affirm their place as wealthy ladies in a high social class. Later on, Fitzgerald explains how Nick “dressed up in white flannels [and] went over to [Gatsby’s] lawn a little after seven, and wandered around rather ill at ease among swirls and eddies of people [he] didn’t know”(41-2). In this scene, the color white represents Nick’s initial innocence to the elaborate life that Gatsby lives.
During Jazz Age people’s spiritual values, traditions and customs were decaying. Lust had took over them and they could easily betray their spouses, just like Myrtle, Daisy and Tom in Great Gatsby. As myrtle’s sister had mentioned to Nick “neither of them can stand the person they’re married to” (p. 23). She proposed that if no one is happy in their marriage they should get divorce and get into a relationship that would satisfy them, because “you can’t live forever, you can’t live forever” (p. 24). Myrtle also suggested that morality has been long dead inside men and they “will cheat you every time.
The feuding families always get a bad ending. In “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare two young enemies fall for eachother but it's not good that they did. The two families are at feud which makes their love deniable. The feud of the families is what caused Romeos and Juliets deaths. For instance when they got married they had to hide their marriage from their families and Juliet had to fake her death.