Failed Relationships In The Great Gatsby

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In the novel The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, there are numerous examples of failed relationships throughout the novel which supports the statement that “love is presented as an unobtainable fantasy”. One example of a failed relationship in The Great Gatsby is the affair between Tom Buchanan and his mistress Myrtle Wilson. Their affair is based on mutual exploitation as Tom uses Myrtle for sex while Myrtle receives gifts and money in return. The fact that Myrtle believes that Tom will leave Daisy and marry her is a clear example of unobtainable love as Tom does not see Myrtle as a person but rather as a sexual object. This is made clean by his degrading treatment of Myrtle at one of their parties, when he breaks her nose for mentioning his wife's name. The Buchanan marriage is also a complete failure as their relationship is not one of true love. Tom’s wealth and status seemed to be…show more content…
However he starts to have doubts about Jordan when he finds out that she had cheated at a golf tournament. Nick later becomes disgusted with Jordan and their relationship end after he finds out that she was dating another man. Nick now sees Jordan as being spoiled, dishonest, careless and wanting to win everything at the expense of honesty, and trust. Thus, love is once again seen as an unobtainable fantasy After reading the novel it is fair to say that relationships within The Great Gatsby seem to revolve around and are motivated by money, rather than true love, thus relationships are evidently to fail, making love an unobtainable fantasy. Tom Buchanan’s relationship with his secret lover, Myrtle is about sex, while Tom gives Myrtle the money which her own husband cannot provide. Tom and Daisy’s marriage started to fail after just 3 months of marriage and Nick’s relationship with Jordan is also somewhat alienated from true
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