In The Great Gatsby by the F. Scott Fitzgerald, “love” seems to be a reoccurring theme amongst characters. The actions they take do not make much sense but in the end they use the justification that they are in “love” to make it seem acceptable. But were the actions of Tom or Gatsby actually justified by the four letter word? Even though the nature of them are somewhat unacceptable even in the 1920’s time period. There are so many outcomes because of the secret love bond between Gatsby and Daisy, it makes the story interesting and may even be the reason that she had fallen for him; humans are drawn to dangerous situations and we crave for me. But what Gatsby had done and what Daisy’s response to that action was, should be frowned upon and they should feel shame.
Gatsby had one love of his life, it was early on too so he had time to think and expand on the thought of love. Daisy had stolen his heart when he was just becoming an adult, which is enough to make a man do anything for that women. Gatsby and Daisy were going to elope but because of World War I, Gatsby had left her for so long that he had lost her to someone else. But what Gatsby had not taken into consideration is if she knew he was going to serve in the war for a while, why didn’t she wait for him to get back? The most logical reason could be that she simply did not love him at the time. He was an average man, not a very high status in the community, while Daisy was wealthy and had a decent status in the community. Gatsby was drawn to this and he knew that he had to make her his, but the Great War had ruined his plans on any future with her. Gatsby claims in the story that they had fallen madly in love when they were together, but I do not think that is the case. If Daisy actually loved Gatsby for who he was and not who he had become, she would’ve waited an eternity to be reunited with him once again. Instead she had traded what she wanted most for what was available at the moment, Tom.
In Tom’s love affair, he has everything that Gatsby wants and needs, Daisy. He feels that Daisy isn’t enough for him and he must go and find love with another women who is married to Mr. Wilson. If he actually loved Daisy he would give the world to her instead of taking advantage of how distracted she is. He doesn’t love her, he loves her wealth and status just like Gatsby had. But what if Tom actually loved Daisy, they would be a beautiful couple. They even have a child, it barely gets recognition by them let alone in the story itself. The reason Daisy stays with Tom at the end of the story and not Gatsby is “They had a history together that Gatsby could never recreate,” while this may be true, Tom sure did not think about their history when he cheated on Daisy for Mrs. Wilson. But as long as they “love” each other they are happy.