The Great Gatsby's Unconditional Love

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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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