How Is Daisy Happy In The Great Gatsby

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Tom and Daisy Buchanan have wealth however, they are not happy because of their money. They have extravagant meals and shiney possessions, but at the dinner party Daisy is distressed as Tom accepts a call from his mistress, even though she is married to a very powerful and rich man. “The telephone rang inside, startlingly, and as Daisy shook her head decisively at Tom the subject of the stables, in fact all subjects, vanished into the air”(Fitzgerald 15) In the real world this shows “Even the very rich--those surveyed among FORBES’s 100 wealthiest Americans--are only slightly happier than average. Wealth, it seems, is like physical health. Although its complete absence brings misery, possessing it is no guarantee of happiness.”(Diener and Myers 3) Both of these quotes are examples that even the wealthy can be troubled with their life, no matter how much money and power they possess, they can be let down by other things in their lives.…show more content…
Gatsby has realized he cannot buy Daisy and because of this he has set his mind on winning the love of the one possession he will never achieve. “He wanted nothing less of Daisy than that she should go home to Tom and say: “I never loved you”(Fitzgerald 109). In modern society this is an even bigger deal than you might think. “Adultery is illegal in 21 states....Adultery is rarely prosecuted as a criminal offense, but when it is, the arbitrariness of enforcement erodes confidence in the rule of law....More common than criminal prosecutions for adultery are job terminations, sanctions or demotions”(Rhode, Why Adultery Shouldn’t Be Illegal). These quotes show that Gatsby’s idea is horrible in all aspects and will not end well, even if he is unable to realize
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