The Great Gatsby Essay

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The Illusion of Love in The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby and the newly released modern film version, directed by Buz Luhrmann, of The Great Gatsby contrast each other in multiple ways. The movie and the book manipulate young adult readers to perceive Jay Gatsby as a romantic protagonist towards Daisy and their relationship. Their love seems to be unconditional but in reality, it is all an illusion. Gatsby is in love with the ideal image of Daisy and not her, proven in his obsession with surpassing her wealth, his looking past her family life, and his recollection of their past, all of which brings him crashing down into a painful reality. Family plays a huge role into Daisy's decision making and relationships maintained in her life. The 1920's is a time where groups of people are placed in a hierarchy of “rich” and “poor”. As seen in The Great Gatsby, Daisy comes from a rich background while Gatsby comes from a very low income family. This problem puts a strain on the relationship of Daisy and Gatsby because of the views in their society. In this era, someone of new money would not have any interaction with someone of old money. Daisy's parents have very high expectations for her and will not settle for anything less. Daisy's mother even encourages her to marry Tom since he is made out of wealth and a very contributing figure in the community. In reality, Daisy is not in love with Tom but is inseparable from Gatsby. The expectations of being wealthy and having a high status in society rubs onto Daisy leading to her pushing Gatsby away and even not attending his funeral. As proven when the narrator describes Daisy's new ways of living, “ For Daisy was young and her artificial world was redolent of orchids and pleasant, cheerful snobbery and orchestras which set the rhythm of the year, summing up the sadness and suggestiveness of life in new tunes.”. (Fitzgerald 143) Daisy's family traditions and her standard in life have changed vigorously since adolescence. Gatsby once falls in love with a beautiful young girl by the name of Daisy but she was sadly influenced by outside sources making Jay Gatsby think differently of Daisy. At the climatic point in the novel, Tom and Gatsby argue over who Daisy really loves. After the argument is finished, Tom insists Daisy to go home with Gatsby's car. Gatsby at this point finally sees the true colours of Daisy and how her family shapes her up to become a woman different from what he first fell in love with. Daisy's family life in the film is shown differently than in the novel by dialogue, camera angles and multiple dramatic scenes. The movie did an overall better job in giving insight into the type of relationship Daisy and her mother have. The mother pressures Daisy into marrying men of wealth, which leads up to her and Tom. The mother wants Daisy to be well off and financially stable, she puts so much pressure on Daisy to marry a rich figure because of her past life experiences and what her parents put her through into marrying someone of high standards. The difference between the book and the movie was the dialogue of Daisy and her mother, which was not shown in the book. Scenes from the movie were overly dramatic to emphasize the mother's importance of who she wants her daughter to marry. In the movie when Daisy and her mom are talking, the mother tells her to only speak to men of high quality and no one else. The past creates a new image for both Daisy and Gatsby. In the beginning, many guys are attractive to Daisy because of her beauty, class and the way she overall carries herself. In Gatsby's eyes, this made Daisy more valuable and wanted her even more. He sees that all the guys want her and this makes her just that much special. When Daisy and Gatsby first meet it was love at first sight. They thought it was going to last forever and be in each others lives for a long time. Gatsby receives a request to go to war and leave Daisy. He decides