Relationship Of Gatsby And Daisy Buchanan

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The Relationship of Gatsby and Daisy in The Great Gatsby

 

At the heart of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby, there is a theme of desire, an unshakable quest by Jay Gatsby set in motion by the beauty of Daisy Buchanan.  Yet, when Jay and Daisy are together, considerable awkwardness is displayed between these two characters, and this awkward atmosphere is primarily the result of the actions of Jay Gatsby. 

            The uncomfortable relationship between Gatsby and Daisy is evidenced during a meeting that might be compared to that of two school children.  Both characters seem to rely on the presence of a third person (Nick), who supplies some sort of reassurance and security, especially for Gatsby.  The reader is first confronted with a suspicion that the meeting will be filled with nervousness, when Gatsby subtly tries to ask Nick to be present throughout Daisy's visit, and to organize the meeting.  Nick is rather reluctant to get involved, but Gatsby persists, and even goes as far as offering to "bribe" Nick to do so.

 

            After these early signs of awkwardness, a meeting is arranged, and Gatsby awaits the arrival of Daisy at Nick's home.  Just as Gatsby is thinking about leaving, Daisy's car pulls up, and she duly arrives without her husband.  At this point one can understand the awkwardness of the meeting, as Gatsby is after all expressing interest in a married woman.  However it is mainly the fact that Gatsby does not have much contact to people, and thus is not very good in handling such confrontations.  This idea of him not having much contact with people seems strange, as he regularly hosts parties, but as the reader is informed near the beginning of the book, Gatsby is hard to find at his own parties,  and does not like mixing with the crowds too much.

 

            When Daisy arrives, and Nick leads her into his house, it finally becomes clear that there is some awkwardness in the meeting between Gatsby and Daisy.  Upon entering the living-room, Nick finds to his surprise that Gatsby is no longer present.  He paced around the house nervously, and then knocked on the door, once Daisy had already entered the house,  just to make the meeting seem a natural one.

            The first actual contact between the two characters is very much like that of a meeting between two school-children.  On top of the obvious nervousness between Gatsby and Daisy, Nick also seems to have an air of awkwardness about him.  Not because of Daisy's presence, but by the fact that he feels uneasy, and in the way.  Generally speaking,  when two adults  have a rendezvous,  a third person is seen as...

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