In this Victorian Era, ‘Melia had to lose her purity for wealth, regardless of the judgement she received. She meets a friend from her old life who praises her, admitting jealousy for ‘Melia’s newfound fortune, unaware of the gloomy situation. “The Ruined Maid” uses imaginative word choice, shifting tone, and dialogue to portray the penalty of wanting everything,
Their interactions mirror Fitzgerald’s feelings for his beloved wife and the trials and tribulations they dealt with through their complicated relationship. Daisy is fickle, shallow and bored with her life; she hides behind her wealth when her life becomes complicated instead of making life-changing decisions. Daisy and her husband Tom take their inherited wealth for granted they obtain all they desire and treat people with disrespect and maintain an elitist class. Daisy marriage to Tom provides her with security. She has everything she wants such as clothes and holidays and lives a life without worry; she attends the best shows theaters and restaurants.
Daisy shows the deadly sin of greed, as she does not appreciate the love Gatsby has towards her, but more the money aspect, through the throwing of the shirts and being able to fulfill her wants .When in reality Daisy really does not love Gatsby, the way she did five years ago. Thus through temptation Daisy was able to achieve her wants, by tempting Gatsby through love. Both men are under the temptation by a women from an affair, to meet the benefit of the women character. The strong power of feminism shines out, as the women try to manipulate the men into gaining love and wealth for their own well-being.
Daisy wanted to wait to marry Jay Gatsby but ended up marrying Tom Buchanan instead, the same man who was having an affair with Myrtle. Daisy got all of her wealth and popularity from Tom, not being able to make herself successful as she was told she needed a man in her life. Daisy was an incredibly materialistic woman, as she only used Tom for his Well. F. Scott Fitzgerald described her character as being very shallow, arrogant, and quite selfish. Which also implies that he believes women are self-important and only care about money, instead of caring about their actions.
Her motivations are obsessive and self-centered even when she believes she is in love and cannot live without John. Since she flees in the end, it can be assumed that even her obsession with John was false. Abigail was just uneducated emotionally and did not understand what she was feeling. She was revolting against the repressive society by lusting for John and she got addicted to the power she had and the adrenaline of her plans being fulfilled - up until they failed and backfired
Gatsby himself realizes Daisy’s obsession with money: “‘She never loved you, do you hear?’ he cried. ‘She only married you because I was poor and she was tired of waiting for me’” (Fitzgerald 130). The quote reveals
Aleyn reduces her value, making her an undesirable woman for marriage since chastity is desired more than an experienced woman. Afterwards, Symkyn is punished by the wife and two scholars because he fails to control his women and is inevitably isolated with manhood. Unluckily, Symkyn cannot withhold social statuses or break down social barriers since he cannot maintain authority. John and Aleyn are worshipped in the tale, because they were able to hold their power, despite their lesser
Another mannerism displaying Rosy’s frustration with marriage occurs at the end of the passage when Rosy’s “lips seemed to get thinner with the thinness of her utterance,”. This detail reveals her complete disenchantment of married life – as her lips become smaller and thinner in response to her annoyance with her partner, her hope and envision of becoming a happy married couple becomes shrinks as well. In bringing forth details of Rosy’s increasingly defeated character traits, it is evident that her attempt to be the perfect couple conflicts her revelation
Daisy lost her chance for a happy life and she realizes this when Jay overwhelms her with his expensive, elegant shirts. All the charisma that Gatsby puts on display to impress daisy is an illusion to get her to leave tom, however when daisy discovers the reality of Gatsby’s past and his bootlegging crimes, she
She aligns to the belief that money can buy happiness, suggesting wealth as the sole yardstick for true contentment, which reflects the shallow practical beliefs of the Victorian society then. Furthermore, marriage then was centered around the idea of the practical benefits. Mary callously wishes that Edmund’s elder brother, Tom, would die after becoming critically ill, so that Edmund would be able to inherit the baronetcy and estate and forming a union with him would result in Mary having a share at the wealth. This very materialistic and practical mindset plagued many people then, who valued the practical advantage over love as a basis for marriage. It trivialises marriage as an institution
Fitzgerald’s Novel The Great Gatsby shows how Gatsby and Wilson lied to their women about how much money they had. No matter the efforts, they were not the person that their partners fell in love with. So Wilson ends up with an unhappy marriage and Gatsby is only used as a tool for Daisy to get her husband
F. Scott Fitzgerald uses Tom and Myrtle’s relationship to show how the poor are willing to do anything for money and status, and those of status flaunt their power shamelessly. In the story, Tom is having an affair with Myrtle, the wife of Wilson. “ It’s really his wife that’s keeping them apart. She’s Catholic, and they don’t believe in divorce. Daisy was not a Catholic, and I was a little shocked at the elaborateness of the lie.”
The characters in the novel pretend that they have their lives all figured out, but through their successes their downfalls and emptiness can be seen, to prove that money cannot buy happiness. Jay Gatsby is the newest and upcoming star in New York during the 1920’s. Through his business and inheritance he is one of the richest men of his time. One may think that his abundance of wealth would lead him to be eternally happy, but he is the opposite. Gatsby longs for his love of Daisy, which is his personal American Dream.
“’They’re such beautiful shirts,’ she sobbed, her voice muffled in the thick folds. ‘It makes me sad because I’ve never seen such – such beautiful shirts before.’” (The Great Gatsby, 87) Here we get a small glimpse at the Daisy’s true emotions; she’s sad, however, she uses the “beautiful shirts” as a diversion to hide that what she’s really sad about is not shirts, but she’s sad because she realizes she’s missed the experience and life she could’ve had with Gatsby. Gatsby throwing the shirts above her just keep mounting higher and higher on the table below, just like her feelings have for him, all of these emotions were piling up and mounting higher and are not all falling on her just the way Gatsby’s shirts were.