Deadly Desire: A Theme Paper Over Great Gatsby By: Harlie Breck 03/05/2014

833 words - 4 pages

"I desire the things which will destroy me in the end.” This is a quote by Sylvia Plath. The quote ties into the theme of The Great Gatsby, which is some will go through great lengths for what they desire. Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan carry this theme out by showing how Gatsby is willing to do almost anything for Daisy and it cost him his life by taking the blame for Myrtles death. Daisy does a lot just for the feel of her security, which happens to be money.

Jay Gatsby a huge example of how some will go through great lengths for what they desire because of all the things he does for Daisy. Gatsby used to be poor and that is why Daisy wouldn’t marry him before, so he pretty much makes it his life goal to get money so she will come back to him. Once he gets rich, he buys a huge, beautiful house that is directly across the bay from Daisy. In the book, Daisy’s friend, says “Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay.” Pg. 78 this just shows how much Gatsby is willing to do for her even though she is married to Tom. In The Great Gatsby it also talks about the green light on the end of Tom and Daisy’s dock. Nick Carraway sees Jay looking at the green light “He stretched out his arms toward the dark water…distinguishing nothing except a green light.” Pg. 20-21 The green light shows and represents Gatsby’s hope and desire for Daisy.

Daisy Buchanan also carries out the theme with her love and desire for money. She shows this by not marrying or waiting for Gatsby and ends up marrying Tom. Once Daisy sees Jay Gatsby and all his riches, she is suddenly absorbed in him and loves him. The first time Gatsby brings Daisy to his house he shows her his shirts that he has sent from a man in England. When she sees them she cries and says “It makes me sad because I’ve never seen such beautiful shirts before.” Pg. 92 She is crying, not because she is overly excited to be with Gatsby but because of the satisfaction of the wealthy feeling the shirts give her. The shirts represent her love for wealth showing that she just loves the shirts because they are so expensive. This may lead you to think is Daisy really...

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