The Great Gatsby: Reasoning Behind Conflicts

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The Great Gatsby The characters in the Great Gatsby have several problems, many of which arose from the fact that due to prohibition, they enjoyed drinking as much alcohol as they could, as well as the new “Coca-cola” which was so named because it contained the drug cocaine. Add that to the fact none of them were had fabulous social skills and you can see why these people had so many crazy issues. All the characters have conflicts, and one very worthy of evaluation is Jay Gatsby. Gatsby is an allegory for the rich high society of the 1920s in the USA. He has everything a person could want, yet he is still unhappy, because the one woman he wants is the one woman he can’t have. Gatsby can’t look forward and move on with his life because he can’t let go of his past. He spends his whole life pining for Daisy. He got a house across the water from hers just so he could watch her light on the dock. He made himself a rich man of high social standing, all for the sole purpose of trying desperately to win her back. He only thinks of Daisy as the girl he loved years ago in Louisville, and still loves. He refuses to forget the memories that he had with Daisy before the war. He can’t accept the fact that Daisy has changed since then, and has become an uncaring person who only thinks about herself and her social position. His biggest goal in life is to win back Daisy, so he has nothing to distract himself from that problem. He has no hobby except for being desperately in love with a woman who he knew once, but doesn’t anymore. Gatsby only cares about his problem with Daisy and how to solve it, and doesn’t take anyone else’s feelings into consideration. He knows that she’s married now, but it doesn’t stop him trying to woo her. He doesn’t think about Tom’s feelings for Daisy. He doesn’t even consider the possibility that Daisy did not want him anymore. Even though
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