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.
Keep this in mind. Finally, Zelda’s parallel, Daisy, is portrayed in a very unflattering way. Daisy only loves money, which is why she ended up with an abusive cheater. Daisy only takes notice of Gatsby, the one who parallels her husband, after she discovers his wealth. Then, when he dies, she doesn’t even attend his funeral.
While Tom and Daisy at least try to appear happy and loving, Myrtle and George are hardly identifiable as married. Myrtle has lost complete interest in George and any life that she has with him, and runs off with Tom to live the extravagant life that she’s always wanted. Even before George and Myrtle were married, Myrtle’s understanding was that George was wealthy and powerful. Upon finding out that he didn’t have everything that she dreamed of, she stopped being in love with the idea of being with George, leading to an affair with Tom years later. “She smiled slowly and walking through her husband as if he were a ghost and shook hands with Tom, looking him flush in the eye.” We can see the disinterest she has for George by comparing her attraction towards Tom.
Throughout your whole life you may notice several people wear masks. Not literal masks, but they do wear masks. They put up a fake persona to hide their true selves. While reading The Great Gatsby, I noticed F. Scott Fitzgerald introduces several characters such as Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan, and Tom Buchanan, who put up masks instead of dealing with their pain. James Gatz is one of the more obvious characters who puts on a mask in this novel.
Staying with Tom, having an affair with her past love, Gatsby, and taking off her Mrs. Perfect mask are her reasons for failure. Through Daisy, Fitzgerald is communicating that she is the American Dream, and anyone trying to achieve this goal will always fail in the end. Daisy Buchanan is the wrecking ball to her own demise, for she craves more attention, but she gives into temptation and symbolizes that the American Dream is a setup for failure. Moreover, with money on the mind, who has more dollar signs?
Gatsby’s obsession is also illustrated by the fact that he hopes that Daisy will just randomly show up to one of his parties like many other people do (81). Daisy was born into the upper-class lifestyle, “’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 anyone except me!’”
Throughout the novel, several characters in The Great Gatsby are negatively affected by their money or desire to gain money. Lower class Myrtle Wilson develops a relationship with the wealthy Tom Buchanan, while Gatsby becomes obsessed with becoming wealthy in order to win back Tom’s wife Daisy. Ultimately, Gatsby, Myrtle, and her husband George end up dying, while Tom and Daisy flee and start their lives over. Tom and Daisy’s wealth was alluring to both Gatsby and Myrtle, but their wealth ended up costing them their lives. While the concept of being wealthy seems wonderful, Fitzgerald reveals to the audience that wealth may not be as great as it
In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, the obsession with wealth and love ruined the American dream/ the Characters lives. “Myrtle has her affair with Tom due to the privileged world it grants her access”(Wulick). One of the main examples of wealth destroying a character 's life is Myrtle 's story. Myrtle is the wife of a lowly mechanic in the valley of ashes. Myrtle is taken away by the enormity of Tom Buchanan 's wealth and is instantly attracted to him.
Marital status was one because when the women were married it was more likely there were younger girls who wanted their husbands. They accused them of being a witch, but the husbands went along because they wanted younger wifes. Lying girls was one because two girls accused a women of being a witch, when they were in court they mimicked her which caused the town to spiral out of control with paranoia. Economic differences was one because of the town division, west side poor, east side rich. This made the west side angry so they accused the eastern half so they could get money from the trial.
This shows that to people money matters so much they would go to measures of spending massive amounts of money to gain what they desire most. Second, Myrtle's desire for money compelled her to cheat on George and go for Tom because he's rich. This shows that people with a crave for money would go so far as to be unfaithful to their spouse. Finally, Daisy "began to cry stormily" at Gatsby's "beautiful shirts," (Fitzgerald chapter 5 pg 92) because she heavily admires and is impressed with his fortune. People who get emotional and get overwhelmed by someone's wealth must extremely admire them.