Great Gatsby Essay Essay, Research Paper
The Great Gatsby Essay
In The Great Gatsby, there are three illicit relationships: Gatsby and Daisy, Nick and Jordan, and Tom and Myrtle. In some ways they are similar, and in some ways each is unique. In this essay, I will compare and examine each of the couples, and try to give some insight as to why none of the relationships worked out.
The relationship between Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan was
probably the most one sided. The entire time they were apart, all
Gatsby did was try to reach his goal, which was Daisy. When you
think about somebody but don t talk to them for a long time, you can
build them up to be this perfect person. So when Gatsby and Daisy
talked for the first time in years, it was almost like he was talking to a famous movie star. Daisy didn t feel that way. She used to love him, but not anymore.
Also, if Gatsby and Daisy met under other circumstances, such
as each of them having no money and Daisy not being married, their
relationship may have worked out. But because of the circumstances,
their relationship was doomed to fail.
Of all of the relationships, I think that the most honest was
between Nick Carraway and Jordan Baker. This is ironic because it
was Jordan s compulsive dishonesty that ruined the relationship. They
weren t secretly seeing each other behind other people s backs, they
weren t unfaithful to each other, and they both cared for each other.
Nick saw Jordan s dishonesty as a major flaw in her personality, and
he didn t think she was worth it.
Out of all of the relationships, Tom Buchanan and Myrtle
Wilson s was the most the most superficial. Neither had true feelings
for the other, they were just there to amuse themselves. This one was
also the most damaging. Gatsby, Mr. and Mrs. Wilson all died
because of it.
For one reason or another, all three of the relationships were
doomed to fail. Some due to the circumstances, and some due to the
people within them. I believe that out of all six of the characters
involved in these relationships, Gatsby was the only one that really loved someone.