Love In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

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“Love is when the other person’s happiness is more important than your own.” This line, from H. Jackson Brown, Jr. is the perfect representation of what love should be: a mutual feeling that makes the lovers feel the need to make the other person happy in sacrifice for their own. In The Great Gatsby, this is exactly what happens with Jay Gatsby. However the feelings are not reciprocated by Daisy Buchanan, his lover, or at least not to same extent. In the realistic fiction, The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the reader follows the tragic story of Jay Gatsby’s love through the eyes of a third party Nick Caraway, the narrator. The readers see how Daisy enchants Jay and how he gets sucked in to the point of no return. Eventually, her spell causes his end and her true nature to be revealed. Daisy Buchanan is a self-absorbed, vacuous socialite whose decisions lead to the destruction of both Jay Gatsby and Myrtle Wilson.
In the book, the true nature of Daisy Buchanan isn’t really revealed until the end of the story. She originally seems to be an honest innocent girl who gives those she encounters the idea that she cares deeply about them just by the tone of her voice.
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She merely dates Jay for her own pleasure. She doesn’t even think of how much she is going to hurt Gatsby when she leaves him, and inevitable fact that even she knew. According to John Pidgeon, “[Daisy] is attracted to Gatsby when he appears to her to be a sophisticated, empty man; at no time does she face the fact that he truly is in love with her” (Pidgeon). In saying this, Pidgeon argues that Daisy doesn’t even think that Gatsby loves her and that he is the same indifferent, heartless type of person. But of course, the fatal flaw of Gatsby is thinking that she feels the same as he. They were both wrong: Gatsby in thinking that Daisy is a sweet girl, Daisy in thinking that Jay is a heartless man with no real love for

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