Examples Of Obsession In The Great Gatsby

To obsess over someone is to have them occupy or fill your mind of that person continually, intrusively, and to a troubling extent. In the book “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, obsession is shown greatly by the main character Jay Gatsby. Jay Gatsby is a man who wanted a life so magnificent, successful, and rich in order to accommodate the life of Daisy Buchanan. Daisy Buchanan is Gatsby’s first love and he did anything and everything for her. After attempting to wait for Gatsby to get back from war, Daisy became impatient and ended up folding into society’s mold by marrying Tom Buchanan. Even though Daisy is a mother and a married woman Gatsby still attempts to get back with her. Some people believe that Gatsby is in love with Daisy because he is affectionate. However, Gatsby is in fact …show more content…
One day for a lunch at the Buchanans, Gatsby was invited at Daisy 's request. Since it was too hot that day, they went to a hotel in New York City where the tension started to rise. At the hotel Gatsby attempts to force Daisy to tell Tom she never loved him. Daisy goes on to say, “Oh you want too much!” She cried to Gatsby. “I love you now isn 't that enough? I can 't help what’s past.” She began to sob helplessly. “I loved him once-but I loved you too” (Fitzgerald, 132.) Daisy is overwhelmed by the fact Gatsby is not satisfied she is leaving her husband, she feels like he is asking too much of her by having her tell Tom she never loved him. Gatsby doesn’t care that he is asking too much of her as long as he gets the pleasure of hearing her tell Tom she never loved him and feel the joy of finally being with her. He wants so much from Daisy that he is unable to realize how much of Daisy he already has and be grateful for it. The facts point to Gatsby’s obsession because he is playing mind games on himself by believing that Daisy never loved Tom and forcing her to say she never loved Tom makes him

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