Love Leads To Destruction Essay

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Nearly everyone searches for love during at least some part of their life, but what happens when that love destroys them? The Great Gatsby is written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, an author who has had his own complications with love. The Great Gatsby is a novel about a man who is desperately pleading to get the woman of his dreams to notice him; consequently, spending thousands of dollars throwing parties so this girl – who is already married – may wander in and he can win her over. When Nick Carraway comes into his life he starts to show just how obsessed he is with obtaining his idol, Daisy. The man, Jay Gatsby, uses Nick to get to Daisy, but that proves to be a fatal mistake after they ...view middle of the document...

Wilson catches hint of their affair. “He had discovered that Myrtle had some sort of life apart from him in another world, and the shock made him physically sick.” (124). Tom notices that Myrtle is not going to be in his possession anymore and the feeling affects him far more than just mentally – it surpasses the mental realm of pain and spirals into the physical realm. Tom’s affair with Myrtle helped cause her demise; accordingly, Tom is overcome with grief from her death. “Myrtle Wilson’s body, wrapped in a blanket, and then in another blanket, as though she suffered from a chill in the hot night, lay on a work-table by the wall, and Tom, with his back to us, was bending over it, motionless.” (138). Tom realizes that he is going to lose Myrtle, but the loss of Myrtle’s life has a much greater impact on Tom than just losing his love affair as he is bent over the body and not able to move. Cheating with Daisy caused Tom’s love life to destroy him.
Apathy and cheating are two ways of forcing love to transition from a bettering force into an injurious force; however, obsessing over love is another manner in which love can be agonizing. Gatsby turns acquiring Daisy into his sole objective in life; he cares more about obtaining her than he does his money, social life, or even his profession. “’Yes…. Well, I can’t talk now…. I can’t talk now, old sport…. I said a small town…. He must know what a small town is…. Well, he’s no use to us if Detroit is his idea of a small town….’ He rang off.” (93). Gatsby is – for once – willing to neglect his work, and solely for the purpose of visiting with Daisy. Gatsby left Nick’s presence several times to return his business calls, as opposed...

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