Gatsby is one of the wealthiest people In America and is completely Infatuated with Daisy Fay; someone he met, and deceived, five years ago. She Is only a figment of his imagination which he has constantly [Click] (decked) out with every bright feather that drifted his way (152). His idea of Daisy is a chimera, a green light on the wrong side of the bay. Slide 4] Gatsby deceives himself into thinking that by devoting his life to getting filthy rich, he can win back Daisy from Tom, whose freedom with money (is) a matter for reproach (1 1 He refuses to see that Daisy has mumbled short of his dreams (92) and instead clings onto his colossal postulation of Daisy.
[Slide 5] Very simply and understated, Daisy Is materialistic and loves being the centre of attention. She cries over Gatsby shirts of sheer linen and thick silk and fine flannel (89), not out of love but because of the wealth she could have had with someone else.
Daisy Is In love with the idea of who Gatsby Is and how religiously he has thought about her, just like Gatsby is only In love with the perfect Idea of Daisy. Although they begin an adulterous affair, Daisy is only trying to get back at Tom and is presumably many past sprees (125). Gatsby wants to have the girl everyman desired before the war, and Daisy wants to experience something new, after all she’s [Click] been everywhere and seen everything and done everything (24). Their relationship exists only for each other’s personal gain.
Of course, Daisy is ashamed when she realizes she has had an affair with a gangster but only for the sake of her image. Even in the end, the girl of his dreams has the ability to prevent his death but does nothing, further showing that she never truly loved Gatsby In any romantic way. Based on just as much lust and deceit is the relationship between Tom and Daisy. Tom’s old wealth is exactly what Daisy looks for in a man and Daisy’s popularity with other men Is like a prize Tom has won… Or bought.
They (are) careless people who (smash) up things and creatures and then (retreat) back Into their money or their vast carelessness… And let other people clean up the mess they (have) made (170). [Slide 1 OFF money [Click] and Tom, the most obvious example being after murdering Myrtle. Ironically she describes Tom as revolting (125) and seems to despise him. She has deceived herself into thinking that image is the most important thing money can buy which makes it impossible for her to divorce Tom as it is frowned upon.
Their relationship is based [Click] on no romantic love and consists of no respect as Tom makes no attempt to be discreet about his affair. It is the comfort of their wealth and selfishness to their own image that keeps them together, not romantic love. Disparaged by Tom, Myrtle Wilson, his current mistress is treated with less respect than Daisy. When she disobeys him, he smacks her on the snout without a second Hough. [Slide 7] She doesn’t mind as all she wants is to pose as and be a part of the upper class. [Click] She desperately believes that Tom loves her, when really he only lusts for her.
Her sister, Catherine, is convinced that it’s really his wife that’s keeping them apart, she’s a catholic and they don’t believe in divorce (36). To contradict this, nothing is ever said about Daisy being a Catholic; her loose and nonreligious life style challenges the claim. Tom deceives Myrtle; he would never leave Daisy for someone who would Jeopardize his image. Slide 8] On the surface, it seems that Tom leads the perfect life and Myrtle wants to use him to rise up; the same way she used George to climb Just a little bit.
Myrtle marries George because (she) thought he was a gentleman(37) and that he knew something about breeding (37), not out of love. Their relationship is based on George’s desire to have control over something in his life. When Myrtle begins to escape his control he decides that the best course of action is to lock her up; clearly showing that he does not really love Myrtle in any romantic sense but instead uses re for his own needs. No relationship in The Great Gatsby features any allusion to or imitation of romantic love.
Each character builds relationships from lust and deceit. They do so in order to get whatever it is they desire and are ultimately parasites as they use all they want without giving anything back. [Click] [Click] The fact that The Great Gatsby elucidates how miserable life is for characters on opposite ends of wealth and status perhaps demonstrates Fitzgerald negative view on life and society. A society full of parasites s bound to run itself into the ground.