These principles are not reflective in the relationship that Tom shares with his wife, Daisy. They were visibly unequally matched for each other with Tom primarily marrying Daisy because she displayed the characteristics of a perfect trophy wife, a status symbol. She was “the golden girl” and when others see Daisy by his side, it gives him an air of wealth. He thought he had the American Dream, a perfect wife and a beautiful daughter. Tom Buchanan was a man who valued appearances, appearances that to anyone outside of his home would idealized.
All of this money is solely for Daisy. Gatsby does not love Daisy, he is in love with the idea of Daisy. He notes about Daisy, “Her voice is full of money,” (120). To Gatsby, Daisy represents what it is to live rich: a life of pleasure, money, and fame. Gatsby does not want it, he needs it, and in order to do that, he needs to win Daisy’s love.
During a conversation with Nick and Gatsby about Daisy, Gatsby pronounces that “Her voice is full of money," he said suddenly. (Page 120). He explains to Nick, Daisy’s voice is golden and worth to listen to. This is another trap of Daisy’s to trick Gatsby into making him feel important and how he means the world to him. Gatsby is indeed obsessed with Daisy Buchanan that he even bought his house right across the bay from Daisy to show he still is in love with her after all those years.
Throughout the novel, it is clear to see that their relationship is not a happy one. Tom seems to be abusive towards Daisy and evidently does not care much for her. But despite that, Daisy thinks, or likes to think, she has everything. Her “everything” includes the wealth, love, and the happiness, which all ties into the American Dream. She thought she has all she wants but is slowly realizing she has nothing.
The Buchanans, Jordan, Gatsby, Wolfsheim are all seen as successful but are they really? No one knows the real them, what 's really under all the wealth and allusions of their facade. This shows that any success they achieve is really worthless because it doesn 't help anyone and is really just for show. Although for Gatsby Nick took his time to get to know him and he discovered that all of Gatsby’s success was for one purpose only: Daisy. Gatsby used the American dream to build his wealth to get Daisy.
One example of this is that Daisy did not marry Gatsby seeing he was poor at that time; instead, she married Tom, who was rich. Daisy’s priority was to be with someone who had money, so even though her heart was for Gatsby, Daisy decided to follow the money instead. The quote to support this reasoning is when Daisy said “ rich girls don't marry poor boys”(Fitzgerald 93). This quote explains the idea that woman fall for men with money, Daisy loving Gatsby, though he was broke and Tom had money she chose money
Daisy could have married the man that she truly loved if she was not wealthy. It is easy for a wealthy person to not care about other people and live an extravagant life. After he meets up with Tom, Nick declares, “...Tom and Daisy – they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness... let other people clean up the mess they had made” (Fitzgerald 179). It was ironic that even Nick, a person who was “inclined to reserve all judgment” (Fitzgerald 1), was able to see how money had made Tom and Daisy careless and lazy. Nick also notices that Daisy and Tom had disappeared right after Gatsby’s death.
Firstly, being selfless and accommodating to others needs and wants is not something that the society in this time period can be proud of. Daisy, Tom and Gatsby develop the trait of selfishness in many ways throughout the novel. Daisy Buchanan is a wealthy woman who lives in the East egg and is married to Tom Buchanan. Tom, Daisy, Gatsby, Jordan and Nick all go to town when Tom and Gatsby break into an argument because Tom finds out that Gatsby and Daisy are having an affair. Gatsby tells Tom the truth about Daisy and himself because Tom bombards him with questions when he says, “’She never loves you, do you hear?’ he cried.
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 book, Gatsby, Daisy, and Tom are very wealthy individuals. In spite of their wealth, they are all bleak due to the fact that they cannot be with the people they love. As a result, Tom and Daisy both had affairs, Daisy killed Myrtle and let Gatsby take the blame, and even Gatsby’s death. Daisy has had instances where she seemed to have genuinely loved Gatsby, when she didn't even attend his funeral, nor did she even offer to take the blame for Myrtle’s death. “She told him she loved him, and Tom Buchanan saw.”(pg 119) The book shows that wealth causes corruption of romance and relationships due to the arrogant characteristics of the
This shows that Nick holds pride in his work that he has achieved. By contrast, the complete opposite occurs in Daisy’s situation. Daisy’s house in East Egg reinforces the myth of the American Dream, her house is large however she has put no effort into achieving it. Daisy was similarly born into a wealthy family and carried on to marry a wealthy man securing her wealth and status. She shows a very snobbish and
However after a few chapters it is obvious to the readers that Nick’s perception of Gatsby has changed. Nick disapproves of his drastic actions to win back Daisy. An example of this is the quote, “He wanted nothing more than that she should go to Tom and say: ‘ I never loved you.’” This is obviously a drastic measure to take for Daisy and is unreasonable. However throughout the whole novel Nick stays with Gatsby and even facilitates him have Daisy cheat on Tom, and he remains Gatsby’s only true friend throughout
Gatsby never asks Daisy how she feels about this; he feels compelled to speak on her behalf because he is just so certain of her feelings towards him. Since Daisy married Tom, Gatsby is convinced that he must be as wealthy and prestigious as Tom to win her back, but that is not the case. Daisy once fell in love with Gatsby not for his money, but for the non tangible things he was able to give to