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Confusing Love in The Great Gatsby
Webster defines love as an ardent affection for someone or thing. Love is a mysterious topic within The Great Gatsby. The majority of the characters in the story claim to love someone, but they either lack the knowledge of the true meaning of love or they just have no conscience. The characters in the story are mostly laid back, and they act like nothing they due has any wrong to it at all. Each character has a different perspective on love. Some do not have it at all, some think they have it, and only a couple truly do have it.
The first character introduced in the story is Nick Carraway, the distant cousin of Daisy Buchanan. Nick is a mysterious character within the story. He seems content with what he does and what he has. He does not need all of the fame and fortune that is so important to all of the other characters. There are many critics that believe that Nick’s character was indeed a homosexual. There main reason for thinking this is because there are numerous occasions in the book where Nick cold of had Jordan Baker, but he always withdrew and kept his distance. Nick Carraway did not need love to live his life nor did he want love during this stage in his life.
The next character introduced was Tom Buchanan, Daisy’s husband. Tom was a wealthy and arrogant man who liked to throw his weight around. Tom viewed his beautiful wife Daisy as a possession rather than a soul mate. She was just there to make him look even better than he already did. Tom claimed that he loved Daisy throughout the book, but in his heart he did not love anyone. Throughout their entire marriage, Tom was having an affair with Myrtle Wilson. Everyone in town knew and I expect Daisy did also, but she just could not bring herself to divorce Tom.
Daisy was a loving and trustworthy wife to Tom, right? Wrong. She was just as deceitful as Tom but she was much more discrete about her flings. She was dating Gatsby at the same time that she was married to Tom. Daisy was good hearted, but if she really cared about Gatsby or Tom, she would have never married Tom. She did love Gatsby, she just did not know how to show it.
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Love is a mysterious and an amazing thing that can turn into anything from an everlasting relationship to murder. There are few people in this book that possess true love, but the ones that did suffered the most. Does that make sense?