Gatsby Essay

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How far do you agree that ‘The Great Gatsby’ is primarily a love story? One of the key themes in The Great Gatsby is love, whether it is between lovers of friends this theme is present throughout the novel. This is suggesting that The Great Gatsby is a love story; however the novel can be interpreted in different ways whether it is a love story or even a tragedy. In chapter 5 evidence to support that The Great Gatsby is a love story because of the recent reunion between Gatsby and Daisy who have not met for 5 years; ‘He literally glowed; without a word or a gesture of exultation a new well-being radiated from him’. Gatsby being so affected by meeting Daisy again suggests his affections for her are still there even after 5 years apart which is the significance of lasting love in the novel, However Daisy is currently married to Tom Buchanan which could suggest Gatsby has unrequited feelings for Daisy. Fitzgerald uses the setting as a background for Daisy’s and Gatsby’s meeting which creates imagery therefore giving intense detail and implying that the setting at that point was very important in that part of the novel. The fact that Daisy and Gatsby are alone together in a small room with no interference suggests that this won’t be an often occurrence, Gatsby and daisy being alone together implies that they would rather be in their world than the current one which is very different to the fantasy Gatsby wants for him and daisy; ‘He wanted nothing less of Daisy than that she should go to Tom and say: ‘I never loved you’’ Gatsby wanting daisy to just drop everything and to be with him suggests that Gatsby is naïve, because Daisy has other commitments, for example her husband Tom. Daisy cannot just leave tom because in the 20th century getting a divorce from your husband was deeply unacceptable in the social hierarchy so therefore Daisy wouldn’t do it because Daisy can

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