As Gatsby dwells on the time where Daisy committed her love to him, he has come to believe that he is entitled to Daisy’s love. In reality, Daisy has moved on with her life, and Gatsby’s fantasy would destroy a mother-daughter bond and a marriage. Despite the catastrophic consequences, Gatsby makes an attempt to disrupt Daisy’s life when he exclaims, “I’ve got something to tell you, old sport…”(130). This interjection arose out of pure frustration and did not bring any guilt to Gatsby. He intended to expose his and Daisy’s affair and, with this, risk the destruction of Daisy’s relationships.
McAdams makes the argument that not only is the novel’s setting equivalent to a real time in the United States, but also some of its characters are as well. Fitzgerald paints Tom Buchanan as the antagonist of the novel because he is all that stands in Gatsby’s way of Daisy, similar to how Ginerva King married a wealthy suitor over Fitzgerald. Daisy is unable to consider marrying Gatsby until he has found wealth for himself much like Fitzgerald’s wife Zelda waited for him to find more financial stability before agreeing to a marriage. Fitzgerald creates the character Gatsby that is simply a poor boy doing all that he can to marry a rich woman. This is Fitzgerald’s commentary on the injustices of the class system.
In the novel the green light at the end of the Buchanan’s dock represents Gatsby’s dream of being with Daisy. The light was so close , but yet still to far out of his reach. He believed in his love for Daisy and that they could go back to how to the ways things were before Daisy ever met Tom. Believing the time they spent together to be sacred,but was ruined when Tom came in to the picture during Gatsby’s absence .This is proven impossible the past can’t be erased so easily, even after things became grim all he wanted to do was protect the women he loves even if he just gets to stand out waiting. He will remain waiting for Daisy till his last breath.
Who do you think was encouraging Gatsby to pursue his long lost love with Daisy before Nick? Gatsby did not have a friend by his side telling him to continue his quest of love. The last excuse “You ‘Settled’” this excuse is just plan disappointing. How could a person give up on their hope, on all their aspirations and dreams? Daisy Buchanan settled for Tom because he was what she thought she needed at the time, if the love with Gatsby was so strong then how could she just end the relationship without as much as a second thought.
Daisy throughout the novel is symbolized that if a person marries into wealth, happiness would come along with the wealth, nevertheless as the novel goes on the happiness of Daisy is slowly revealed that she never loved Tom, and she only married him for his money. 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
Gatsby does not know it, but by taking the blame for the death of Myrtle, he is choosing his own death. While in Nick’s house Daisy remarks, we have not met for many years, Gatsby adds,”’ Five years next November’”(Fitzgerald 87). Nick invited Daisy over for tea, as a part of Gatsby’s plan. Once everyone gets there they all start talking, Daisy says they have not seen each other in so long. Gatsby knows the exact date since the last time that they have seen each other.
This is especially shown in this scene when Daisy says, “Even alone I can’t say I never loved Tom,” (Fitzgerald 133). This is Daisy admitting that she loves Tom and it is this point that the dyad between Gatsby and Daisy begins to deteriorate. However, the deterioration really begins when Daisy is reminded of Gatsby’s identity of bootlegging and not coming from money. During the relationship, there is one affinity seeking strategy that is evident. The credibility strategy is seen in this dyad.
The Blind Desire Like Holly Black once said, “Once someone’s hurt you, it’s harder to relax around them, harder to think of them as safe to love. But it doesn’t stop you from wanting them”. Gatsby, a self-made millionaire, envisions this life of endless luxuries and his beloved Daisy. Suddenly, his dreams turn into dust in front of his eyes; he ends up losing his life and everything he ever wanted. The series of events in Gatsby’s life symbolizes greater meanings than what they might seem on the surface.
Daisy used Tom for this, even when she didn’t want to be with him, and the consequences such as pain were not necessarily worth the reward of money. “It passed, and he began to talk excitedly to Daisy, denying everything, defending his name against accusations that had not been made. But with every word she was drawing further and further into herself, so he gave that up, and only the dead dream fought on as the afternoon slipped away, trying to touch what was no longer tangible, struggling unhappily, despairingly, toward that lost voice across the room. The voice begged again to go. “please, Tom!
Like most Americans, Gatsby’s hope is accomplishing his lifelong dream, earning Daisy’s love. Fitzgerald showcases this expectation throughout the novel through the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock. Gatsby had always loved Daisy; however, Gatsby was never able to accept that she had loved and married Tom as he states, “She only married you because I was poor and she was tired of waiting for me. It was a terrible mistake, but in her heart she never loved any one except me"(Fitzgerald Chapter 7)! Based on Gatsby’s remarks, he feels that the only reason why Daisy left him was because she wanted to maintain the social class she was born in and continue to be spoiled with the luxuries that an ordinary human being may not be able to enjoy; as a result, Gatsby made it his goal to amass a large amount of wealth and earn the love of Daisy once again.