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Love In The Great Gatsby Essay

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The great Gatsby can be characterized as being one of the great American love stories of the 20th century. Love is a major theme throughout the novel, whether it is between Tom and Myrtle, nick and Jordan or Gatsby and Daisy. Although all the affairs in the novel seems tangled they are very different form each other.One of the affairs in the novel is the relationship between Tom and Myrtle. They met for the first time on a train when myrtle was going to visit her sister in New York. Tom rented an apartment in New York where he and Myrtle used to have parties. On one hand, Myrtle considers Tom as her ticket out of her miserable life. With his money, Tom could buy her anything she wanted even a puppy and that is something Wilson could not afford. On the other hand, Tom looks at Myrtle as an object that he possesses. That is symbolized in the expensive leash for the puppy which is to say that he is the master and he gets to do what pleases him. The relationship give its adulterous nature was doomed to fail; Tom was never planning to leave Daisy, he even told Myrtle that she is Catholic though she was not just so she won't ask him to divorce his wife.Another love affair starts by the beginning of the novel is between Nick and Jordan. It started at the Buchanan's mansion. Nick was immediately attracted to Jordan's indifference air and self-sufficiency. Then they accidentally met in one of Gatsby's parties. Jordan started to take Nick with her to places which made him very flattered sine she was well-known golf player. Both of them were essential elements for the re-union of Gatsby and Daisy. And later, they were witnesses for the confrontation between Gatsby and Tom. After Myrtle got killed in the accidents, Nick had enough of those people including Jordan. Weeks later, they met again but they had nothing to say to each other since Jordan was engaged to another man. This relation fell short because of many reasons: Nick was physically attracted to Jordan; throughout the novel, he constantly gave accurate description of her appearance like in page 7 when he said:"…,I enjoyed looking at her. She was a slender, small-breasted girl, with an erect carriage, which she accentuated by throwing her body backward at the shoulders like a young cadet. Her grey sun-strained eyes looked back at me with polite reciprocal curiosity out of a wan, charming, discontented face.."At first, he was reluctant by her carelessness, bored and arrogant behavior. But entering the upper world( becoming Gatsby's friend) it did not matter for him any more. Same thing...

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