Is there such a thing as true love?

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In The Great Gatsby, the characters demonstrate that love has no relevant meaning in a relationship without the security that wealth provides. Gatsby and Wilson present Daisy and Myrtle with much of love; however, they both are stunned when Tom’s wealth and security win over the two ladies’ hearts A similar situation occurred with the author Francis Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda. She broke off their engagement due to Fitzgerald’s menial job. After publishing his books, Fitzgerald acquired a great deal of wealth and fame, then he was allowed to marry Zelda. Wealth is the key to a happy life along with love, however, love alone cannot provide happiness in marriage.
Despite having loved Gatsby, Daisy has ended their relationship because Gatsby cannot provide her luxurious gifts, like the pearls that Tom bought her. After five years, Gatsby and Daisy have met and he has been changing his life in order to please her. Gatsby used Daisy as a motivation to become the man he is now, a prosperous man. We can see this in his house. “He revalued everything in his house according to the measure of response it drew from her well-loved eyes” (Fitzgerald 91). In Gatsby’s early years, he devoted himself to making his life better. Gatsby wanted to be in the upper class because more opportunities came to him. The luxuries that are provided by wealth satisfy Gatsby’s need to become an affluent man. However, this all changes when he meets Daisy and falls in love. After he returns from the war, and realizes that Daisy is married to Tom. Ever since then, Gatsby does not let go of the past and wants to change what could have been with Daisy. Daisy soon takes control over their relationship. In the quote, Gatsby waits for an approving look from Dai...

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... cannot keep it because they are incapable of providing all the essential things a woman needs in life, money, security, and masculinity; however, only one man can provide it, Tom. In Fitzgerald’s view, the only way to win a girl’s love and to keep it is through money.
Fitzgerald shows the reader that together, love and money are the key to obtaining a satisfying relationship.The idea that people choose to be in a relationship for the money is sickening. Those who choose this way of life care about popularity and use rich and glory to be loved. People who throw rich parties in Hollywood care about this because the parties are the key to their success and prosperity. Myrtle and Daisy choose this way of life because they know that their life will benefit if the people they marry have a lot of money. Love will stay with one forever, but money always has an expiry date.
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