Theme Of Love In The Great Gatsby

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Love is something that every human being experiences at one point or another, whether it be towards family, friends, or a partner. But even though it’s commonly looked at as something that can bring only good, it can also cause antagonism between two people. Indeed, it can bring them together, but it can just as easily tear them apart, destroying any amiability and sense of affection that they have built along with it. The idea of love being a destructive force is a prevalent topic throughout the course of the novel The Great Gatsby, a literary classic about young millionaire blinded by his desires, and author F. Scott Fitzgerald explores it through the characterizations of Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan, and Tom Buchanan. Perhaps the most important …show more content…
However, the appearance that she gives off is not her true self; she’s really a shallow and malicious upper-class socialite. Still, Nick makes note of how alluring she seems to be, her very presence forcing everything around her to be drawn towards herself. “For a moment the last sunshine fell with romantic affection upon her glowing face; her voice compelled me forward breathlessly as I listened—then the glow faded, each light deserting her with lingering regret, like children leaving a pleasant street at dusk” (14). Daisy is enticing to everyone she comes across; her elegance shines and and nobody can get enough of her. This natural beauty of hers ultimately results in foolish men immediately falling in love with her—or, in Gatsby’s case, it results in foolish men falling in the love with the idea of her. Sometimes, falling in love with only somebody’s outwards appearance can be unhealthy—and ultimately disheartening. Daisy may have the looks of an angel, but Nick remarks of how devilish she is, referring to her and Tom as “careless people…they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made” (179). Even though Daisy might seem like the …show more content…
It’s an arrangement where people come together in harmony and fondness. Gatsby expressed boundless sentiment for his beau, but she didn’t replicate those feelings properly, and he waited too long without knowing that the past was already buried. Daisy lured Gatsby in with her glamour and charm, but she only ended up tearing him apart with her abhorrent personality. Tom violated Daisy’s trust and went behind her back, breaking her heart as he did so. While it can be agreed upon that love has its many benefits, there are certain people like Daisy and Tom that demonstrate that it can also be a destructive force used only to hurt and

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