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.
This does not include the fact that she lead Gatsby on throughout the whole entire book. Gatsby gained feelings for this women that only wanted to get revenge on her husband. This action by Daisy is disgusting in the way that Gatsby loved this women so much that he was willing to die for her but all Daisy wanted was revenge on Tom for what he had did to her. Leading someone on, especially to the extent that Daisy does is utterly disrespectful. Daisy knows how in love Gatsby was for her and yet claims that she is in love with Gatsby also but is using him to get back at Tom.
“‘Your wife doesn’t love you, said Gatsby. ‘She’s never loved you. She loves me.’” (F. Scott Fitzgerald 138) In this example, Gatsby was shouting at Tom and putting pressure on Daisy by pushing her into this argument about her affair. However, fundamentally the whole thing is related to Gatsby’s arrogance. He wants Daisy as a symbol of his victory like he reached everything he wanted.
Set in motion from the moment he saw her, Gatsby’s illusions are centered on the idea of winning Daisy’s heart. The power of Gatsby’s idolatry of Daisy is clear when he meets with her again, and the two become passionate towards one another: “He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God” (Fitzgerald 110). Clearly, Gatsby has a strong desire to be with Daisy. However, Gatsby knew that in order to join himself with Daisy, he would have to pursue her way of life as well (Rowe). This begins Gatsby’s obsessive illusions, one of which focuses on the green light on the dock outside Daisy’s mansion.
They began to drift apart more and more, that is until Gatsby forced them to confront their marriage when he asked Daisy to say she never loved Tom. This backfires when they began to grow close again. Then, when Daisy kills Myrtle and Tom gets Gatsby killed they run away together, as they always do. The quote, “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy—they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made. .
Love leads to hardship and lies which is proven by Gatsby losing his life to Daisy who didn 't attend his funeral. Nick tried to call Daisy and tell her that Gatsby’s funeral was this afternoon, but she ran away with Tom. “But she and Tom had gone away early that afternoon, and taken baggage with them”(Nick 127). Gatsby didn’t get to say his goodbye to Daisy and lost his life for her. This shows the hardship that Gatsby had even when he died, due to the fact that Daisy didn’t come to his funeral.
The Great Gatsby is a story about a man revolving part of his life around trying to achieve his American dream by conforming to a woman and society 's standards. The passage, Winter Dreams, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, has the same theme. A poor man loves a wealthier woman and revolves his life around trying to get her. To be able to relate to these characters and truly get a feel and understand each characters actions in these novels, readers must use intellectual empathy to put themselves in their shoes to see how they would feel and react in the same situation. Gatsby sees Daisy as not only a woman whom he loves, but also a symbol of his American dream of being seen as “old money”.
Gatsby deludes himself to care for Daisy to the point where is willing to take the fall for a crime that he did not commit. Even with this information he does not speak up and turn Daisy in even when he has no personal reason to withhold such information; he claims to be disgusted with his “old money” acquaintances, assuring Gatsby that they’re all “a rotten crowd”(154). In the first chapter, Gatsby is introduced as a gleaming beacon of hope for Nick “has never found in any other person and … [will] not likely ever find again”(2), and describing Gatsby as being “something gorgeous about him” (2). However, his reverence for Gatsby doesn’t do either of them any good in the long run. Nick’s concerns about keeping quiet for Gatsby lead to Gatsby’s demise.
They both love Daisy in their own way and do not want to lose her. Gatsby states, “Both of us loved each other all that time” (Fitzgerald 138). Gatsby wants Daisy to tell Tom she never loved him so that they can be together, but she cannot because it would not be true. Daisy says to Gatsby, “I did love him once-but I loved you too”(Fitzgerald 140). Daisy used to love both of them but chooses Tom because she is used to life with Tom and does not change.
The two of them did everything, and would do everything for them. They thought they loved them, and one of the men even devoted his entire life to this woman. Both of the main characters live’s and choices surrounded these two women. Gatsby bought a house directly across from Daisy’s, and would throw these massive, elaborate parties just in hope she would come to one, and they would be reunited. Daisy never loved Gatsby to the extent that he loved her.