How Does Fitzgerald Present Love In The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby is a novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald which is about a man by the name of Jay Gatsby whose only goal in life is to reunite with Daisy Buchanan, his lost love of five years. This goal leads him to acquire wealth and be reunited with Daisy, but it ends in death not in a happy ever after. This novel is classified into the genres of social commentary, American fiction and jazz age. Fitzgerald gives many thematic ideas, but one that stands out is love. In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald presents the idea that love can become so great it can grow to be an obsession. By the near end of the novel Gatsby has reunited with Daisy and everything seems right in the world for Gatsby even though in reality it is not. By the end the affair…show more content…
His goal of being with her had come true, but while being out on the town Tom finds out about the affair and things are laid out on the table. An argument starts up between Tom and Gatsby on who Daisy loves with Gatsby saying, “ ‘ Your wife doesn't love you…. She never loved you. She loves me….. She never loved you, do you hear...She only married you because I was poor and she was tired of waiting for me. It was a terrible mistake, but in her heart she never loved anyone except me (137).” As he argues with Tom you can see his defiance to believe that Daisy could love another. He led himself on a path where everything he is and can be is Daisy. He became obsessed with her that the love he had for her lead him to believe that she isn't capable of loving anyone, but him. After his dream was killed after his argument with Tom over Daisy, Nick tries to tell him to go someplace else for a while, but “he wouldn’t consider it. He couldn’t possibly leave Daisy until he knew what she was going to do. He was clutching at some last hope..(155)” that didn’t even exist anymore. Daisy had already chosen Tom, but Gatsby couldn't believe that since he loved for her for too long just to let her go. Gatsby's love for Daisy had become obsessive and that’s what Fitzgerald presents to us. Five years had passed since they had last seen each other yet Gatsby still let his love burn for Daisy and kept it growing until it became so obsessed with meeting her again that he led himself to believe things that weren’t completely true. Fitzgerald shows us that obsessive isn't the greatest thing to have because you have no idea where it’ll lead

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