Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is a novel that explains the conflicts between love, sin, and death. It is a story of love and how love can be quickly lost or hidden beneath the surface. It reveals what people go through in this decade, as well as the novel’s decade. There are conflicts throughout the novel of lust, sin, and pure evil. It basically explains the way the human mind operates when the heart is completely and undeniably in love with another. The fact that the people in this novel went to the extreme to have the one they loved, innocent people tragically ended up in a realm of violence, betrayal, and their own undeserved death.
The Great Gatsby is a novel that takes the reader back to the time of the “Jazz Age”. Times were simpler but love was confusing. The most explicit written by Cheever to Gatsby comes earlier in the story to alert the reader of the more subtle parallels to the novel that follow (Allen). Jay Gatsby had everything except for the one thing he desired most, Daisy. She was the love of his life, yet, unfortunately for him, she had already been married to Tom. This small predicament, however did not seem to stop Gatsby. Throughout the novel, one can see how Jay and Daisy’s love grows. What started out as a simple friendship grew much stronger. Meanwhile, while they were rekindling their love, Tom had another secret love of his own. He was seeing Myrtle Wilson, a woman who, herself, was already married as well to George Wilson.
This novel is about the circle of love affairs that tie this group of individuals together. Unfortunately, by the end of this novel, no one ends up with their ‘happily ever after’. No one was truly satisfied with what they had. The way this group of friends interacted with each other shows the readers the high tensions and uncomfortable moments they had to deal with on a day to day basis.
This novel presents two very different versions of passing, one based on race, the other on social class, yet both texts are united by the yearning for social acceptance (Kirby). Fitzgerald raised his character to a mythical level, to reveal a man whose intensity of dream partook of a state of mind that embodied America itself (Lehan). Although at this point Fitzgerald hasn't yet established the possibility that Daisy might leave Tom, he has shown how miserable Daisy seems within her marriage. The tension between the two of them is unbearable when they are in public with their friends. (Sutton).
The basic plot of The Great Gatsby, like other Fitzgerald plots, develops slowly toward a violently dramatic incident and an ironical conclusion (Eble). Everything towards the end of the novel happens so quickly it seems as if it does not even happen. It began with a simple accident and slowly led to an enormous disaster. Gatsby was mistaken as the one who ran over Myrtle, when it was Daisy. He was also mistaken as Myrtle’s lover, when the actual lover was Tom, Daisy’s husband. George Wilson, seeking revenge, carried a...