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The Great Gatsby Essay

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Nick Carraway says: “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy – they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together and let other people clean up the mess they had made…” (Fitzgerald 170). Nick makes this observation about his family in the novel “The Great Gatsby” by F.Scott Fitzgerald. In the spring of 1922, Nick moves to West Egg and meets a mysterious man named Jay Gatsby; there he witnesses Gatsby longing for a life with Daisy Buchanan and failing to achieve the American dream. Tom and Daisy initially show their carelessness by deciding to marry each other when neither of them were fully committed. Their thoughtless behavior carries on through their marriage as they both partake in affairs and emotionally torture their partners. When the Buchanans show their next act of carelessness it results in the death of three people. In “The Great Gatsby”, Tom and Daisy continually show how careless they are and there are many repercussions to their actions.

Tom and Daisy Buchanan originally show how careless they are by deciding to get married and having love play a very small role in the decision. Daisy’s love for Jay Gatsby is undeniable, but as he spent many years away from her, the pressure to do something with her life grew. She grew tired of waiting for Gatsby to return from the war and: “She wanted her life shaped now, immediately – and the decision must be made by some force” (Fitzgerald 144). Daisy felt a burden to get married and the feeling of loneliness from Gatsby’s absence gave Tom the opportunity to come into her life. She was careless in her decision to get married and similarly, Tom was careless in his decision to get married. He was from East Egg, born into wealth, and his choice to marry Daisy was only made so he could retain status and reputation within his community. Tom never seemed to be fully committed as just after a week after their honeymoon he cheated on Daisy. Jordan Baker tells Nick: “The girl who was with him got into the papers, too, because her arm was broken – she was one of the chambermaids in Santa Barbara Hotel” (Fitzgerald 75). For Tom to cheat on Daisy so soon after their wedding shows that he was never fully invested in her and in being faithful. Their marriage was just an act of carelessness, for neither of them was devoted to the relationship from the beginning.

The Buchanans next act of carelessness is their separate affairs and the emotional torment they put their partners through. Daisy truly loved Gatsby, but she was never willing to leave her husband for him. Tom gave her a sense of power and security because of their joint wealth, and she led Gatsby to believe that they could have a life together. Gatsby tells Nick: “I don’t think she...

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