F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Expression Of Temptation, Deceitfulness, And Jealousy In The Great Gatsby

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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book The Great Gatsby was a remarkable book. Fitzgerald Made the characters of the book as real and as personal as possible. Three characteristics stood out in the novel to me. Tom’s Jealousy of Gatsby relationship with his wife, Gatsby’s lies about who he is and his life, and Daisy’s ways to tempt Gatsby to fall in love with her. The novel was inspired by the way he fell in love with his wife Zelda.
The novel The Great Gatsby displays deceitfulness in many of its characters. The deceit brings many of the characters to their downfall. Gatsby had the greatest downfall of them all due to the fact it took his life. In The Great Gatsby , “ Gatsby goes to spectacular lengths to try to achieve what Nick calls ‘his incorruptible dream’ to recapture the past by getting Daisy Buchannan love” (Sutton). Gatsby always had an infatuation with Daisy, Jordan Baker said,”Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay” (Fitzgerald 83). Gatsby and Daisy did have a past together. While Jordan was golfing, “The Officer looked at Daisy while she was speaking in a way that every young girl wants to be looked at sometime[…]His name was Jay Gatsby and I didn’t lay eyes on him for over four years-even after I’d met him in long island I didn’t realize it was the same man” (Fitzgerald 80). Daisy is now in an abusive relationship with Tom Buchannan, “Nick Carraway attends a small publicly blames Tom for the bruise on her knuckle” (Sutton). When they meet again Gatsby showers Daisy with love and affection, wanting her to leave her husband Tom, but she does not want to in their society. Tom and Gatsby get into an argument and tom tells Daisy about Gatsby’s bootlegging that brought him to his riches. Tom yelled, “He and this Wolfshiem bought up a lot of side-street drug stores here and in Chicago and sold grain alcohol over the counter. That’s one of his little stunts, I picked him for a bootlegger the first time I saw him and I wasn’t far wrong” (Fitzgerald 141).
Though Tom did not want to lose his wife, he was having an affair of his own. Tom was in an affair with Myrtle Wilson, who lived in the Valley of Ashes with her husband George. During Tom’s affair, “So Tom Buchannan and his girl and I went up together to New York, Mrs. Wilson sat discretely in another car” (Fitzgerald 31). Myrtle does call Tom and Daisy’s house often, “The telephone rang inside, startlingly, and as Daisy shook her head decisively at Tom the subject of the stable, in fact all subjects, vanished into air” (Fitzgerald 20). Tom keeps this affair going on until Myrtle is murdered. Daisy’s erratic driving in Gatsby’s car, after Gatsby and Tom’s argument killed Myrtle. The Day after she was murdered, “the ‘death car’ as the newspapers called it, didn’t stop; it came out of the gathering darkness, wavered tragically for a moment and then disappear around the next bend” (Fitzgerald144). This is now when Tom convinces George Wilson That Gatsby was the one who killed...

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