In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald portrays love, obsession, and objectification through the characters Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan. Some might say their love was true and Gatsby’s feelings for her was pure affection, while others say that he objectifies and is obsessed with her. Perhaps Gatsby confuses lust and obsession with love, and throughout the novel, he is determined to win his old love back. At the end of the novel, Gatsby is met with an untimely death and never got to be with Daisy. The reader is left to determined if Gatsby’s and Daisy’s love was pure and real, or just wasn’t meant to be. Fitzgerald provides plenty of scenes in The Great Gatsby supporting the ideas whether Gatsby’s love was affectionate, obsession, or objectification. Fitzgerald shows that throughout the story, Gatsby slowly becomes more obsessed with Daisy as he draws closer and closer to be with her. By the end of the book, Gatsby becomes obsessed with Daisy. He only thinks about her and analyze everything in her life. Even in the beginning when the reader finally meets Gatsby, his obsession shows. Instead of trying to come to Daisy herself and meet her again, he buys a huge mansion across from Daisy, as Jordan Baker told Nick, “It …show more content…
Scott Fitzgerald shows many points in Gatsby’s actions and words that the reader can decide how he really felt for Daisy. It’s up to the reader’s imagination to see what mindset Gatsby has and whether his love for Daisy was either obsession, affection, or objectification. The Great Gatsby is a perfect example of how love and lust can drive a man crazy, whether it’s Tom, Gatsby, or Wilson. When Nick ends with, “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past” (189). Showed that no matter how hard Gatsby fought for Daisy’s heart and his American Dream, he was pushed back and had to start over, getting closer and closer, but he never got to fulfill his dream, and that’s the way life goes for many
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Gatsby’s love for Daisy could even be described as his love for the idea of having Daisy, saving his love from Tom who doesn’t fit in his plan of being with Daisy. This is still not to discredit his hope as he “believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year” (Fitzgerald 138) as he grasps toward this enchanted light which represents hope. The hope of reaching is dreams and was at the end of Daisy’s dock. Tragically Gatsby died as someone who was not liked and maybe even despised by others and disregarded despite his
In the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the main idea is based around 2 past lovers. One is known as Daisy Buchanan and she has somewhat moved on with her life. The other is known as Jay Gatsby and he is still stuck in a world where he believes he and Daisy will soon be together and live the American dream full of money and riches. Some readers believe the love Gatsby had for Daisy was just an obsession hidden by what he really wanted.
Introduction The Great Gatsby is written by Francis Scott Fitzgerald who is the most famous chronicler of America in 1920s, an era that he dubbed “the Jazz Age.” The book reveals the disillusion of American dream through the love story between Gatsby and Daisy. In this book, what Gatsby cared about was only Daisy, and even he died for Daisy. It seems that Gatsby loves Daisy very much.
The desire for love impairs the moral judgment of the individuals, especially Gatsby in the novel. As much as the readers of 1984 wish to cast Gatsby as a great man for his love for Daisy, his attachment to Daisy is actually nothing more than an illusion as he cannot distinguish his feeling as desire or love. True love is a deep attachment to someone in an unconditional and a sacrificial manner where one is selfless to put the other before oneself and is understanding of the other’s flaws. Yet, Gatsby possesses none of the characteristics. Although Gatsby knows that Daisy is married to Tom Buchanan, he hosts dazzling parties and even “[buys] the [mansion] so that Daisy would be just across the bay” (Fitzgerald, 78).
The tale of Gatsby reveals the intent that he had, to do anything that would please Daisy. Significantly in the last chapters, Nick observes and picks up on small hints to which showed Gatsby’s intent, “[Gatsby] hadn't once ceased looking at Daisy, and [Nick thinks] he revalued everything in his house according to the measure of response it drew from her well-loved eyes.” Which displays the deep consideration Gatsby had for what Daisy thought of him, and wanting to make the present like their love in the past once again, and wanting to “fix everything just the way it was before. ”(Chapter 6) Moreover, the relationship between Gatsby and Daisy displays how love can be detrimental to the human condition.
In today’s duplicitous society, men often pursue the “perfect woman”. This woman is construed to be; fit, provocative and ravishing. However, in greatly distinguished American novel, The Great Gatsby, the men have strayed from stalking women for their looks. Instead, Gatsby chases Daisy to achieve her as a prize of his bounty and any affection Gatsby demonstrates toward her, is simply to appease to her sense of status and wealth. The author F. Scott Fitzgerald, exhibits Gatsby’s these feelings for Daisy through the clever usage of connotation, symbolism and metaphors.
Gatsby falls in love with Daisy the first minute he meets her and never stops loving her even though she has obviously moved on. Gatsby does everything he can to be closer to her like buying “that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay” (78). Gatsby knows that if he can get the girl of his dreams he will not feel lonely anymore. " He talked a lot about the past… he wanted to recover something, some idea of himself perhaps, that had gone into loving Daisy. His life had been confused and disordered since then, but if he could once return to a certain starting place and go over it all slowly, he could find out what that thing was” (87).
Love, a deep affection, is only complete when felt by two unique individuals. In this story Gatsby has become blinded by his affection for Daisy he does not stop to consider anything else but being with her. He has this illusion and fantasy he has longed for since a little boy in his dream. While he has obtained everything else, the fame, glory, and wealth he lacks one thing, a lover. He has his life all crafted out and Daisy was his missing piece.
In the novel “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, what Jay Gatsby feels for Daisy Buchanan is obsession. Gatsby revolves and rearranges his entire life in order to gain her affections. Gatsby’s obsession with Daisy resulted in him buying a mansion across the lake from her, throwing huge parties, and spending years of his life trying to become rich. Gatsby bought mansion intentionally across the lake from Daisy just to be closer to her.
Gatsby’s absorption in the pursuit of Daisy [fantasy] does not end here; he continually focuses on the past so much so that he does not acknowledge the time in which he and Daisy were not together. Fitzgerald illustrates this detachment from reality through the first moment Gatsby saw Daisy’s child. From Nick’s point of view, Gatsby “...kept looking at the child with surprise. I don’t think he had ever really believed in its existence before”(117). Gatsby was so wrapped up in his goal to obtain Daisy’s love that he never even recognized the time they spent apart as real.
Imagination, it cures desires and provides satisfaction to some people who can not have everything they want. Although providing a temporary positive effect, it also can distort the reality. In The Great Gatsby, Gatsby spends five years watching Daisy from across the lake, creating an imaginary future for them in his head. Gatsby ultimately dooms their relationship by creating this abstract world and standards that they simply can not meet. The world in which Gatsby believed in, required the past to be repeated, something in which Daisy had moved far away from.
Gatsby had known Daisy for a long period of time. Gatsby realized when he first met Daisy that she was the love of his life. Though they were separated for a lengthy interim, Gatsby had devoted his entire life to gaining the love of Daisy. In fact, his mind was "full of the idea so long, dreamed it right through to the end, waited with his teeth set, so to speak, at an inconceivable pitch of intensity” (Fitzgerald 88). Gatsby's only goal in life was to achieve Daisy's love; therefore, he was filled with excitement when his chance came to prove his love to Daisy.
In the book The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald portrays and image of love versus infatuation. The relationships between the characters shows the struggle of an emotional connection in a world driven by societal pressures and money. Gatsby’s and Daisy’s relationship with each other is intertwined with each other’s love and lust, and is complicated with their other relationships, such as Daisy’s and Tom’s marriage. Gatsby is the “fool” in love throughout this whole endeavor and his week with Daisy, because of his constant search for love to fill the void in his life that no amount of success can. Gatsby’s complete infatuation with Daisy started out with them meeting five years back, and surfaced into a love affair.
Same can be said about Gatsby’s obsessive nature and his attraction to Daisy. The lopsided affair shows that Gatsby’s one true connection to Daisy was the ambition for a better wealthier life. As he values Daisy’s wealth and her ambition for a wealthier lifestyle. Gatsby places Daisy on a pedestal and very clearly is chasing a past that has moved on. Neither of the major relationships I have touched upon -- much rather any of the relationships in the book show any real example of love.