This person was his first lover Daisy. Gatsby and Daisy had a connection to each other before Gatsby left for the military. Along came Tom who tied the knot on Daisy. This left Gatsby heartbroken and everything he did in his life later on was to impress Daisy and hope she showed up to one of his extravagant parties. Everything in his house he looked at through Daisy; “he hadn't once ceased looking at Daisy, and I think he revalued everything in his house according to the measure of response it drew from her well-loved eyes” (Fitzgerald 5.112).
After noticing that Daisy’s cousin lives right next door, Gatsby asks for his neighbor, Nick Carraway, to have Mrs. Buchanan over for tea. As Nick and Daisy commence their gathering for tea, Gatsby stops by Nick’s residence and tries to act suave to impress Daisy. Not everything goes the way Jay Gatsby has planned. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, The Great Gatsby, James Gatz is not great for the reasons that he is a liar, a stalker and tries to ruin Daisy’s marriage to Tom Buchanan. Jay Gatsby is not a great character, because he has been stalking his past love to ultimately make the decision to move to West Egg.
At first, Myrtle is just the woman helping Tom Buchanan cheat on his wife, until it is revealed that Daisy is also cheating on Tom. Myrtle is disgusted by her husband and his lack of riches and wealth and prosperity. It is stated in the book that she always felt that she was born to be sophisticated and wealthy and a participant of the upper class. Because of this, she doesn’t complain when Tom, a rich city boy, pushes himself upon her. Tom does not try to hide his affair by any means, which makes Myrtle think there is more there than really is.
Janie, at first, doubts Tea Cake loves her because of her age and then, on account of her fortune, fears he may have married her only to run off with her money. However, Tea Cake proves through and through that he loves Janie for Janie and treats her with love accordingly. Though Janie and Tea Cake’s marriage is not perfect, (such as when he beats her to show Mrs. Turner and her brother that he is in possession of Janie) she has found the “bee for her bloom” in Tea Cake. Willingly, unlike with Killicks who would have forced her, Janie works with her husband in the fields when she and Tea Cake make a home in the Everglades (184–185).
“The Jewelry” is a short story written by Guy De Maupassant where M. Lantin marries a woman that loves jewelry and bought a new piece of jewelry everyday. He loved her dearly but could not stand the obsession she had for her fake jewelry collection. M. Lantins wife became really sick and died of pneumonia. He was then left by himself and became very poor. He had nothing left and needed to make money somehow.
As the novel progresses, it is revealed that she still loves Gatsby, accordingly, is afraid to leave Tom for Gatsby. In The Great Gatsby each character places stereotypes on a pedestal, and exposing the truth behind the stereotypes that are considered to be strong. The primary stereotype that anyone could capture from this novel is that money is just an object, and it cannot buy happiness. As
She loves me.”(pg. 130) While trying to tell Tom that daisy never loved him Daisey began to tear up and told Gatsby that she did love Tom at one point to Gatsby that was one of the most heartbreaking things that Daisey could have said because he devoted his life to her while she was living her adventurous loving life with Tom. She later left Gatsby behind and went back to her comfortable life with Tom “she vanished into her rich house into her rich full life, leaving gatsby-nothing.”
This is made clear when Daisy is led through Gatsby’s house for the first time. “He took a pile of shirts and began throwing them, one by one, before us, shirts of sheer linen and thick silk and fine flannel… ‘They’re such beautiful shirts,’ she sobbed, her voice muffled in the thick folds” (92). Dr Anna Wulick states, “Daisy is materialistic and is drawn to Gatsby again due to his newly-acquired wealth”. Daisy loves material objects, and the fact that she was not fond of the over-the-top nature of Gatsby’s party does not negate that. What Daisy wants most is to be able to value what she has without having to understand all of the consequences that come with her situation.
Additionally, from observing the gypsy’s unattended enjoyment, the concept of obtaining so much money that worries will float away is also implied. Aside from East Egg, the young-and-careless, comes the opposing old-aristocracy West Egg. When roaming within the Buchanans’ angel-white home, Nick wanders into a room he illustrates as “gleaming white against the fresh grass outside that seemed to grow a little way into the house. A breeze blew through the room, blew curtains in at one end and out the other like pale flags, twisting them up toward the frosted wedding-cake of the ceiling, and then rippled over the wine-colored rug” (8). The immense purity, elegance, and taste this single room exhibits reflects exactly the West Egg’s charisma.
This quote from the Bible perfectly portrays the broken social situation of wealth in the modernist era. For example, Gatsby throws extravagant parties to enlighten his mansion with people and to make him feel more complete. Though every party makes him feel social, he is still very lonely without Daisy or some other love to complete him, something money could never satisfy, even though he believes it could. Gatsby navigated his priorities down a path of sorrow, incomplete of true relationships despite all the people around
After spending years married to Tom, she has become used to looking into the material items. When reunited with Gatsby she only points her attention on what he has materialistically: “They’re such beautiful shirts … it makes me sad because I’ve never seen such-such beautiful shirts before” (pg 92). The reason Daisy is so upset is because she acknowledges that she could have had multiple materialistic gains whist being married to Gatsby in a love-filled relationship. When she sees what she could have had her mirage of a perfect life begins to crumble. But this leads to her in the end resorting to her false outward appearance since it is easier for her to fall back into her lie that confront her own truth, that she is unhappy presently.
In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, it appears that religion is all but absent, having no role in the lives of the characters. Instead of following a God, the people of East Egg live life on their own accord, detached from any outlined rules of ethics and morality. However, in reality God plays a key role in the character’s lives. This God, although not the traditional idea of divinity, is rather individual people and concepts that the characters worship as their own deity. Throughout the novel, the character’s piety is shaped by their own personal ideal of God that transcends the traditional boundaries of religion and ultimately corrupts them rather than offers them salvation.
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.