This love leads him inexorably into conflict with Tom Buchanan, who has what Gatsby desires most, Daisy and the status that has given her. This struggle between Tom and Gatsby is a representation of the entire struggle between new money and old money, and so ultimately a struggle Tom wins. James Gatz and Tom Buchanan both have backgrounds characteristic of their class. Nick Carroway says of Tom “His family were enormously wealthy; even in college his freedom with money was a matter for reproach, but now he'd left Chicago and come East in a fashion that rather took your breath away: for instance, he'd brought down a string of polo ponies from Lake Forest. It was hard to realize that a man in my own generation was wealthy enough to do that.”
In the novel, “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the female characters, Jordan Baker, Daisy Buchanan, and Myrtle Wilson, throughout the whole novel, all have the same motive which is achieving their desired social position through cheating. Jordan Baker is a very wealthy and famous golfer who will do anything to achieve her goal which is very beneficial to her social position. Like Jordan, Daisy Buchanan is very wealthy as well and married to one of the richest men in East Egg, Tom Buchanan. However, when she finds real love, Gatsby, she denies it because she wants to keep her social position. Like Daisy, Myrtle cheats on her husband and had an affair with another man who is Tom Buchanan.
Although this man is made out of money, he is far from happy and far from achieving his goal. For Gatsby, his ultimate goal in life was to be with his golden girl, this golden girls name is Daisy Buchanan, Gatsby and Daisy were deeply in love until Gatsby went to war. After Gatsby was gone for 5 years because of war,
Pursuing this further, Gatsby shows off his wealth to Daisy again by flaunting his expensive clothing. At this point in the story, Gatsby shows off his money in any way that he can. Daisy states to Gatsby, " 'It makes me sad because I 've never seen such – such beautiful shirts before '" (92; Ch 5). Gatsby 's shirts are part of his lifestyle, they were made to impress others. Daisy 's world is made up of wealth and flashy materials, and when she realizes that Gatsby is now connected to money, she breaks down.
They were once in love, before the war. But, after Gatsby leaves Daisy finds a new man. A man with money that could give her anything she desired. Everything except love that is. Gatsby could give her love at the time, but not money.
However, “his reputation as a drinker inspired the myth that he was an irresponsible writer,” which ultimately tarnished his standing in the literary community, leaving his peers “reluctant to accord Fitzgerald full marks as a serious craftsman” (Bruccoli,
Gatsby had a forbidden love named Daisy who was married, but this did not stop Gatsby from achieving what he wanted. He thrived off of his lust for her and her world of seduction that captivated him. Gatsby had a belief that he may win Daisy’s heart if he was able to possess wealth. He was “devoted to the obsessive pursuit of wealth”. In Fitzgerald’s writings, the parties thrown by Gatsby kept his sense of youthfulness as he was still prime enough to enjoy the extravagant lure of women, alcohol, and other youthful people as well.
The characters portat different tiers of greed. At the highest tier, so to say the most greedy, is occupied by Tom and Daisy Buchanan. Tom and Daisy are arguably the most greedy people in the whole novel. They did not have to make their way up the ranks as Tom was born into a rich family and daisy also being born into a wealthy family. Daisy is in love with Gatsby, but as war comes Gatsby has to serve his role in it.
For example, Daisy is a wealthy socialite married to a man that comes from “old money”, and therefore, has achieved the American dream through marrying “properly” in society. Yet, she is very unhappy and insecure. She’s married to a man who doesn’t love her, nor does she truly love him. She loves him for what he stands for: privilege, wealth, affluence, social acceptability, class, and the finer things of life. She is an example of why the American Dream is foolish because the things that matter to her happiness are temporary; the things she strives for don’t ultimately lead to true happiness.
Tender is the Night Review Tender is the Night, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a novel about love in a life of excess. F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote Tender is the Night based on his own life. After his rise to fame, Fitzgerald became an alcoholic. Zelda, his wife, was said to be jealous of his fame and was diagnosed with Schizophrenia.
F. Scott Fitzgerald was born on September 24th, 1896. He attended a Catholic school in New Jersey and he was part of the college class of 1917, but he often neglected his own studies. He started off writing magazine articles, but soon left the magazine business to write popular fiction. He met Zelda Sayre and was planning to marry her, but she called the engagement off after realizing she didn’t want to live with him and his poor lifestyle, and Scott was later drafted into World War I.
Marriage is supposed to be about true love and happiness but that is not the case for everyone. Whether the marriage is over ten years ago or five years of knowing each other, it should be for the purpose of love. In the novel Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald the idea of marriage is shown throughout different ways. This story takes place in the summer of 1922 in Long Island New York. Nick Carraway narrates the marriage relationships of Daisy and Tom Buchanan, as well as Gatsby and the marriage of Myrtle and George Wilson.
F Scott Fitzgerald had a historically rocky relationship with his wife, Zelda, including affairs, scandals, and abuse. Fitzgerald draws from his marital experience to create characters that themselves face similar issues. Wilson, the car mechanic, deals with a cheating wife, much like Fitzgerald struggles to deal with Zelda’s affairs. Tom, an inheritor of great wealth, in addition to a having cheating wife as well, faces extra marital temptations, similar to Fitzgerald own affairs. Fitzgerald reminisces about mistakes in his marriage through the actions of these romantically active male characters.
Each individual has their own perception of people and events, along with the unique impact it may have on them. This concept can be accurately portrayed in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald is able to describe each character’s process of thinking in a way that puts a reader in the forefront of that character’s thinking and emotion. Each character has a different way of thinking and decision making process. The usage of literature and celebrated classics, such as The Great Gatsby, are able to expand a reader’s understanding of the complexity of human life.