True Love Or False Love Essay

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“ If only one could tell true love from false love as one can tell mushrooms from toadstools,” said by Katherine Mansfield. True love and false love is something many people can’t tell the difference from at all. They think that love is love but that’s not really the truth. Love can either be true or false, and in the book The Great Gatsby, the characters have a big problem knowing what is what. The theme in Great Gatsby is that people may take advantage of the idea of love rather than have a true feeling.

Jay Gatsby is one of the characters that can’t tell the difference between true or false love. Gatsby and Daisy were to be in love but then Gatsby had to go to war and Daisy decided to move on. Daisy got married to Tom but Gatsby was still in love with Daisy. Since he was still in love with her, Gatsby had many dreams and ideas about how things should be. On page 92 it said, “He had been full of the idea so long, dreamed it right through to the end.” Throughout the book, Gatsby says he is in love with her, but it is more like he is in love with the idea of the old Daisy. Gatsby’s head is so into the past he doesn’t see the new Daisy. He wants things to go back to the past and believes it can. In the book on page 110 it said, “ He talked a lot about the past, and I gathered that he wanted to recover something, some idea of himself perhaps, that had gone into loving Daisy.” Gatsby just couldn’t get over the whole idea of Daisy that he pretty much lived in the past in his head. So Gatsby couldn’t see that he was in love with the idea of Daisy, not the real Daisy. He was just taking advantage of the idea of Daisy’s love. To Gatsby, the idea of Daisy’s love is everything. Ideas and dreams is what Gatsby lives off and it is not true love. Jay Gatsby’s love for Daisy is a false and not a true one.

Tom Buchanan is another character that can’t tell the difference between true or false love. Tom is married to Daisy and shows his love for her by having a mistress named Myrtle. In the book on page 131, it said, "And what's more, I love Daisy too. Once in a while I go off on a spree and make a fool of myself, but I always come back, and in my heart I love her all the time." Anyone that cheats on their wife doesn’t love their wife. No matter how much he says he does. If it were any love it would be false love. If Tom truly loved his wife he wouldn’t be buying and doing stuff with Myrtle. Tom may truly love Myrtle because on page 141 it said after Myrtle dies,” In a little while I heard a low husky sob, and saw that the tears were overflowing down his face.” Tom had feelings for Myrtle, but he was also taking advantage of her love. Myrtle has a husband in whom she doesn’t love, but she still is married to him. Tom also has a wife and cheats on her, but doesn’t get a divorce. Tom likes having a wife and a mistress and taking...

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