The Great Gatsby:Literary Analysis

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Think about being separated from the one you love. You thought this person would be in your life forever and always. You may have spent days and weeks thinking and planning your future together, but then one day they disappear from your life. That person has moved on, and chose to live a life that no longer including you. It would be assumed in most cases that the love of your life is no longer the person they were before, so should you stick around and try to win them back? In the case of Gatsby and Daisy, Gatsby did not realize Daisy would be different, and although he still thinks he is in love with Daisy, is he in love with her for who she is now, or the idea of everything she used to ...view middle of the document...

Since Gatsby wants to recreate everything that was previously Gatsby and Daisy we can conclude he is love with the idea of her from before, and not who she is now. The next point in this text that allow us to see that Gatsby may not really be in love with Daisy, but instead in love with idea of her, comes from a point in the text when Gatsby is talking to Nick about the previous Daisy and Gatsby. “It excited him, too, that many men had already loved Daisy-- it increased her value in his eyes” (148). This quote says a lot about how Gatsby values things in his life. The fact that Daisy was a much desired person caused Gatsby to be more interested in her. Daisy held a high value in the eyes of others, and an even higher value in the eyes of Gatsby. If Daisy only became important to Gatsby because her importance to others, then is he really in love with her?
Gatsby has created a new life for himself, and has become something he would not have been if it weren’t for Daisy. He lives a lavish lifestyle full of beautiful women, big houses, an abundance of wealth, and extravagant parties. Everything that he has done, and become, is all in attempt to win Daisy back. His actions prove to us that he really has done this all for a chance to have that old Daisy he once love walk back into his life. We wonder why Gatsby would do all of this for Daisy, but there is a reason behind all of this that is deciphered in a quote where Gatsby is talking to Nick about the old Daisy. “...Well, there I was ‘way off my ambitions, getting deeper in love every minute, and all of a sudden I didn’t care. What was the use of doing great things if I could have a better time telling her what I was going to do” (150). Gatsby was caught up in this idea of fortune and providing for this girl he was in love with. At this point in his life he couldn’t provide everything she wanted him to, so instead he would tell her everything he would be able to do eventually. He was in love with her that much that he would do anything for her, even creating an entire new life, thus leading to the startup of the parties. These parties Gatsby throws are lavish and crazy, but why? When walking around the parties Nick realizes that no one really knows Gatsby, and instead spend their time talking about him. They spread rumors about who he is, where he came from, and all the things they think he has done. In the end these parties are not a complete lost, but instead an attempt for Gatsby to get his Daisy back. “I think he half expected her to wander into one of his parties’, went on Jordan, ‘but she never did” (81). Gatsby’s life has been dedicated to trying to get his Daisy back. He has spent his wealth and time attempting to return to the way things were used to be. This led to disappointment when Daisy was not the same. He had done everything he could in attempt to win her back, but if she was not exactly who she used to be then what was the point? He did this all for the old Daisy, and not for the...

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