The Importance Of Love In The Great Gatsby

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Every day, we hear the term ‘love’ in a plethora of situations. So, what is love? According to Shakespeare, in sonnet 116 - The first quatrain describes love as an unchangeable force in the lines “Love is not love / Which alters when it alteration finds, / Or bends with the remover to remove: / O no! it is an ever-fixed mark.” Shakespeare enforces the fact that true love always perseveres, no matter what it’s up against by using the metaphor, “That looks on tempests and is never shaken” in the second quatrain. In the third quatrain, he asserts that love doesn’t care for outer beauty that fades with time because true love goes beyond such boundaries. Thus, love can make one the happiest they’ve been. At the same time, love is complicated – it can lead to sleepless nights, obsessive thinking, sacrifices, changing your values, jealousy and so on. Sometimes, it’s fleeting. This leads to the question, is love worth fighting for? …show more content…
Scott Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby inspired my question. The Great Gatsby is a novel, filled with romance and drama, exploring the decadence of the roaring twenties. It features Jay Gatsby and his rags to riches journey for the love of his life, Daisy Buchanan. From the start was Daisy’s love worth fighting for? For Gatsby, it was because he was so dedicated to winning her back – it was his idea of the American Dream. He was willing to earn money through organized crime such as bootlegging and trading stolen securities. He put his freedom at risk for Daisy. However, from the very start, their love was based on a lie – he fabricates his past to prove he’s worthy of her love so does she love him or does she love his wealth? Her materialism is highlighted in the scene where Gatsby is showing off his luxurious mansion to her and she breaks down when she sees his enormous wardrobe full of opulent brands and says, “It makes me sad because I've never seen such--such beautiful shirts

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