Compassion And Profit Compared In The Great Gatsby

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Imagine walking through the crowded streets of New York, surrounded by dreamers and those willing to allocate their money at the tip of a hat; Passing "cake eaters" (ladies men)driving the latest motor caars and women dressed in their finest attire. It's no wonder Scott Fitzgerald set his novel, The Great Gatsby" in the decade that earns the title, "the roaring twenties." Throughout the novel, there is an evident comparison between the themes of compassion and profit. Compassion, known as sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others, is compared to profit, or a financial gain. Fitzgerald's characters all show this willingness to forgive and the stubborness not to, ...view middle of the document...

He purchases a gauding mansion on West Egg, and throwing lavish weekly parties. The relationship between Daisy and Gatsby represents compassion because the love between the two has the qualities of caring and love that compassion requires. Gatsby loves Daisy for the woman she is, not for the profit and social position. Daisy begins to fall in love in love with Gatsby because of the excitement and drama she constantly yearns for. "What'll we do with ourselves this afternoon?" cried Daisy, "and the day after that, and the next thirty years?"
"Dont be morbid, Jordan said, "Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall." Daisy's life did start over again and that was with her exciting love between her and Gatsby. Gatsby's death takes place on the first day of autumn, when a chill had begun to creep into the air. This represents the end of the exciting life life Daisy yearns for.
Tom Buchanan, a "sturdy, straw-haired man of thirty with a rather hard mouth and a supercilious manner;" has an unstable relationship with Daisy only to maintain his position as "East Egger" and his position social status. Daisy too, has a love of the rich and lavish lifestyles, but this love for profit is the couples only commonality. Before they were married, Tom gives Daisy pearls worth three hundred and fifty thousand dollars and brings hundreds of people to celebrate. Daisy has a breakdown after receiving a letter from Gatsby "I was scared. I can tell you; I'd never seen a girl like that before." (pg 81) She reluctantly marries Tom to sheild pain away from Gatsby. Although the relationship is legal, it is not cherished. Daisy lives in constant yearn for Gatsby. Could this be where her yearn for the lavish luxuries come from? Tom is so unfaithful he cheats on Daisy with Myrtle Wilson who "endures his constant abuse because she is...

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