Relationships In The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is about a young man named Jay Gatsby, who desperately searches for the love of his life, Daisy Fay. The development of Gatsby’s character reveals his obsession towards Daisy, and it leads him to do everything that he can in order to have her back. Through this, Fitzgerald reveals to his readers that love is not just being obsessed with someone, but that social class and wealth can damage one’s love and relationships. First, Gatsby’s character divulges a lot about his obsession towards Daisy. In the novel, Daisy is depicted as the “golden girl,” and symbolizes the wealth that Gatsby tries to attain. He is very obsessed with Daisy and wants to recreate the the romance he once had with her. He fell …show more content…
Gatsby believed that wealth could be able to make Daisy love him and he dedicated his life to accumulate wealth to have her. This initially worked, as Daisy had only loved Gatsby because of his wealth. However, during an altercation between Tom and Gatsby, Daisy discovers who the real Gatsby is: an outcast from the West Egg who accumulates his money through illegal means. Tom exposes Gatsby, and “[Daisy’s] frightened eyes told that whatever intentions, whatever courage she had, were definitely gone” (Fitzgerald 135). Through this, Daisy finds out the veracity of how Gatsby makes his money, along with the shady businesses he is associated with. She fears this and is reluctant to leave her husband just to be with Gatsby. Daisy also learns that Gatsby is not within her social class either, and that he deceived her into thinking so, just so he could have a chance to be with her. Gatsby and Daisy were never meant to be, as she was in a higher social class than him. She would never be with someone who was in a lower social class than her. All in all, love is defined by who you are and is not expected nor given. Through this, Fitzgerald is able to show this message by giving his readers an insight of the “love” Gatsby and Daisy had for each