Love is an unconditional affection. Once a person falls in love, he/she will do anything without concerning things in return. In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, love pursues to be a confusing idea for Gatsby, Daisy, and Tom. None of them was in love. Tom and Daisy’s attachment of high social status and wealth kept their marriage. Daisy was a shallow and greedy woman who would stay with men simply for luxury and entertainment. She loved no one but herself. They are the same type of people — old money and self-centered. Meanwhile, Gatsby’s obsession of reaching his “American Dream” blinded his eyes and made him thinks that he was in love with Daisy. In the roaring 1920’s, people would do anything— no matter in what way — to satisfied …show more content…
As his father indicated, Gatsby “ had a big future before him. He was only a young man, but he had a lot of brain power”(168). He believes that he was the son of God and meant to be different since he was young. In his value, the American dream is to have a high social status and a tremendous amount of money. After he worked so hard to get his money, he then needed to establish his social status in upper class. Deep inside Gatsby's heart, Daisy is the representing “real upper class”. And this thought was so deep on his mind since he was 21, he recalled: “ what gave it an air of breathless intensity was that Daisy lived there - it was as casual a thing to her as his tent out at camp was to him. There was a ripe mystery about it, a hint of bedrooms upstairs more beautiful and cool than other bedrooms, of gay and radiant activities taking place. Many men had already loved Daisy- it increased her value in his eyes” (149). Daisy, as an upper class and elegant girl, and almost unreachable for Gatsby, was a part of his American Dream. But he never realized that his love for Daisy is actually his own obsession of reaching his dream that he planed when he was young. His little disappointment after he …show more content…
All she wanted from a man is money, not love. She gave up with Gatsby and chose Tom since Tom could offer her the extravagant life she accustomed to. As Gatsby became rich, she felt then regretted and accepted Gatsby immediately. She never actually loved neither of them. She had an affair with Gatsby while she already married Tom. Not only this, she could not even be truthful about her, Tom, and Gatsby’s relationship. She could not give up either of them, “ Oh, you want too much! I love you now - isn’t that enough? I can’t help what’s past. I did love him once but I loved you too.” (131). As Tom tell her that Gatsby’s illegal business with Wolfsheim, as Nick described, Daisy “ with every word she was drawing further and further into herself ” (134). Now she knew Gatsby’s money is not safety, she would rather stay with Tom to be a rich, at least having safe money, woman. She even used Gatsby to cover up the fact the she killed Myrtle and made Gatsby be the criminal. In her greedy eyes, every relationship is about the money. Tom Buchanan was a selfish and arrogant person. He was dominated by money and social status. His love with women was for either physical needs or money. What tied he and Daisy together was their greed for money. His constant affairs with other women already indicated that he did not eve care about how Daisy felt. Ridiculously, he said he “love Daisy and once in a while I got off on a spree and make a fool
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“And what's more, I love Daisy too. Once in a while I go off on a spree and make a fool of myself, but I always come back, and in my heart I love her all the time” (Fitzgerald 138). These words, spoken by Tom Buchanan in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby, exemplify the personality traits that are omnipresent throughout the novel. Tom is Daisy Buchanan’s husband whom she marries after her first love, Jay Gatsby, leaves for the war.
The 1920's were a time of great social and economic change in the United States. Many people migrated to the cities, where numerous job opportunities were available. In The Great Gatsby, Gatsby uses these opportunities to recreate his life from poor to rich, but the one piece missing from his idealized life is Daisy. She is rich, beautiful, and appears perfect from the outside. However, as we get to know her, we learn that she is also shallow, petty, and unhappy with her situation in life.
In Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Daisy is portrayed as a modern woman; she is sophisticated, careless and beautifully shallow. Daisy knows who she is, and what it takes for her to be able to keep the lifestyle she grew up in, and this adds to her carelessness and her feigned interest in life. In all, Daisy is a woman who will not sacrifice material desires or comfort for love or for others, and her character is politely cruel in this way. Daisy’s main strength, which buoyed her throughout her youth and when she was in Louisville, is her ability to know what was expected of her and feign cluelessness.
In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, characters have very distinct identities that develop throughout the book and many inferences are needed to understand the characters. One example of this is Daisy Buchanan. Daisy Buchanan cares greatly about wealth and is a very careless person. Throughout the novel, many of her decisions are due to her greed and carelessness, even though those decisions may not be the best decisions for her. Daisy displays her greed throughout the novel; she marries Tom Buchanan because of his wealth.
Gatsby says “Her voice was full of money.” This shows that he associated his love with Daisy to his pursuit of wealth and power. He wants Daisy because of the wealth that she represents. Gatsby wanted Daisy more than anything else. He could not move on.
Gatsby travels back to the first time he saw Daisy at her grand home and goes into vivid detail of her house, “There was a ripe mystery about it, a hint of bedrooms upstairs more beautiful and cool than the other bedrooms of gay and radiant activities taking place through its corridors and of romances that were not musty and laid away already in lavender but fresh and breathing and redolent of this year’s shining motor cars and of dancers whose flowers were scarcely withered”. Gatsby goes into the nitty-gritty details of Daisy’s home, calling it ‘beautiful’, ‘gay and radiant’ and ‘breathing’ in order to demonstrate how symbolic the home is to him. This is the first taste of the upper class that Gatsby has ever experienced and serves as the true epitome of wealth to Gatsby. He falls in love with the newness of her home and the activities of the rich. Because of Gatsby’s love for the home, when he sees Daisy become consumed by her own luxuries, he feels betrayed; “She vanished into her rich house, into her rich full life, leaving Gatsby-nothing”.
Daisy sought the feeling of acceptance rather than longing for pure love. She settled for Tom when her heart lay on Gatsby. Daisy and Tom's relationship was not love. Their relationship caused hurt and damage, much like a divorce. Fixating on love and not focusing on what is in the present is a common mistake.
Gatsby has spent his whole life trying to prove to Daisy and everyone around him that he is worthy of her. The only way to be on the same social level as her is to turn himself into new money. Since this is not possible, he has to try to convince to others that he truly is old money. To do this, he becomes rich, and lies about his past, but the only way for him to complete this idea is if he is with Daisy. She is the final piece in his American dream.
She began to sob helplessly. ‘I did love him once – but I loved you too.’" (133) In his mind, Gatsby always pictures Daisy as being all-in and devoted to him as he is to her. In reality, she did love Tom at one point as well, and though he wants her to leave her husband and his money, it is all Jay’s fantasy, his life with
The Great Gatsby is an American novel written by Scott Fitzgerald. On the surface, the book revolves around the concept of romance, the love between two individuals. However, the novel incorporates less of a romantic scope and rather focuses on the theme of the American Dream in the 1920s. Fitzgerald depicts the 1920’s as an era of decline in moral values. The strong desire for luxurious pleasure and money ultimately corrupts the American dream which was originally about individualism.
Daisy seemed really nice and pretty and was the goal of Gatsby to get, but turns out she's not as great and Gatsby imagined her being, represents the false sense of glory people see in the American Dream. This proved in chapter 5, page 93, "Compared to the great distance that had separated him from Daisy it had seemed very near to her, almost touching her. It had seemed as close as a star to the moon. Now it was again a green light on a dock. His count of enchanted objects had diminished by one.
Greed and love, in most cases go hand in hand. People will sometimes become jealous when a loved one show affection or chooses someone else over themselves. This in many cases can drive a person to horrible or outrageous things this fact is one of the main parts in the novel The Great Gatsby. This can be summed up by one sentence and used as a theme statement and that sentence is “sometimes people will do anything to get what they want. Daisy is a prime example of how sometimes people will do anything to get what they want.
The theme of seeing and not seeing permeates the novel, The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald created a multitude of flood characters each blind to their own weaknesses. From Myrtle’s blindness the fact that she will never be able to be wealthy. Gatsby's vision is obstructed by his love for Daisy. Daisy's blind to a happy life and from her husband's affairs and terrible behaviors. Almost all the characters are blind in one way or another.
In the beginning of the story the reader has the understanding that Daisy and Tom are happily married and in love. But later in the story Daisy,Tom and Gatsby were all gathered in a hotel room and Tom was about to leave until gatsby told him to wait because he needed to tell him something. That’s when all the “love lies” started. On page 130 it says”Your wife doesn’t love you” said gatsby.
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.