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The Great Gatsby And The Power Of Love

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The Great Gatsby and the Power of Love

    "It was an extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness such as I have never found in any other person and which is not likely I shall ever find again." (2). The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a novel that takes place in the Roaring 20's. It's about a man who changes everything he is for the inaccessible woman of his dreams. After losing her before the war because of his financial status, he finally tries to win her heart back through his newly attained money. She is faced with a cheating husband and a man who wants to repeat the past. In the end, she has blood on her hands. After all his effort, he loses her in a heated argument and he loses his life to a misunderstanding. The one thing that Gatsby yearned for his entire life was, in the end, what corrupted him and did him in, love.


The one reason that Gatsby existed in this vast universe was for the love of Daisy Buchanan.  She was the reason for his every breath, heartbeat, though, and action. He talks about her like she is an object to be worshiped and he is practicing her religion. He throws immense parties that outdo everyone's expectations in hopes of her simply showing up one day. He has changed his identity for his get rich scheme to prove his worth to her. " `Her voice is full of money,' he [Gatsby] said suddenly." Gatsby knows exactly what the key to getting Daisy back is. After their meetings continue on a regular basis, he fires his staff to keep their affair secret. He even goes as far as to convince her that she never loved her husband, and he tries to get her to confess this to Tom. But the thing that out shows it all is when he takes the blame for a murder committed by her. It is the depth of his love for her that literally kills him in the end. " `Was Daisy Driving?' `Yes,' he said after a moment, `but of course I'll say I was.'" (96). Without any though, he takes the blame for the death of Tom's mistress, Myrtle. Gatsby doesn't make a lot of verbally expressed observations; he speaks with his actions and his thoughts.


All through the book, Gatsby's mind is stuck on getting Daisy back. He thinks that in one magical moment, Daisy will leave Tom and return to his bed for a fairy tale ending. After he comes back from the war his thoughts are on his love's betrayal, her marriage. He sees his actions as a method of love, but his thoughts are ill hearted towards others. He has been involved in illegal financial methods and is trying to break up a marriage for his own gain in life. After their fling officially begins, Gatsby has Daisy lying to Tom and he is convincing her that she never loved her husband. Gatsby thinks that by getting Daisy to realize her marital mistakes, she will simply leave Tom and marry him.  He is corrupting a relationship and an individual further than their present state of dishonesty. He thinks that his plans are going accordingly until...

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