What Does Gatsby Trying To Say About Daisy's Life

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Gatsby wants Daisy to erase her past with Tom. He wants her to drop everything and go right to him, but that’s not normal. To Gatsby, however, that’s absolutely how life works. It is his life: from James Gatz to Jay Gatsby, he was able to reinvent himself to be exactly who he wished to be. He dropped everything, reinvented himself, and never looked back. Gatsby’s life is very questionable, but his thoughts are not all realistic. He begins to lose his admirable qualities as he does not ask Daisy how she feels about him or any situation at hand, but rather is so wrapped up in winning her over that he does not realize he is losing her by doing so. His wealthy lifestyle and trying to act as Tom does causes him to corrupt himself and the things that Daisy loves about him. Gatsby wants Daisy to leave her own life behind but that is unreasonable. This…show more content…
Gatsby feels that he is allowed to assume her feelings and wishes because his wealth makes him worthy to love her again. He feels entitled to speak on her behalf and make choices that are not his to make, “‘Your wife doesn’t love you,’ said Gatsby. ‘She’s never loved you. She loves me…’She never loved you, do you hear?’ he cried. ‘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!’” (Fitzgerald 130). Gatsby continues to use words that convey possession. He expresses that Daisy “never loved” her husband Tom as if Gatsby knows this for certain. 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
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