Betrayal in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby”
The Great Gatsby is a novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1925. It is recognized as the “Great American Novel” as it shows great wealth, partying, jazz music and many other aspects of the “American Dream”. In his novel, he displays a lot of symbols, and themes including wealth, greed, and the most vivid, betrayal. Betrayal can upset many people and ruin many people. Betrayal was demonstrated throughout the entire novel with a lot of connections. Three situations will be examined, and they will be: Gatsby betrayed by Daisy, Tom cheats on Daisy with Myrtle and no one attends Gatsby’s funeral. The entrance of betrayal in the novel comes from Tom Buchanan’s love affair with “some woman in New York’” (Fitzgerald, 21). Tom’s disloyal acts are explicitly presented throughout the entire novel. Tom Buchanan is a supposed husband to Daisy Buchanan. It is morally wrong to be unfaithful to your significant other and isn’t acceptable in almost all places over the world. The person Tom has an affair with is another character Myrtle Wilson, George Wilson’s wife. The two have been in an affair for a while and have continued with the relationship. The irony of this situation is that when Tom notices Gatsby and Daisy’s love affair: “He was astounded. His mouth opened a little and he looked at Gatsby and then back at Daisy as if he had just recognized her as someone he knew a long time ago.” (Fitzgerald, 119) This just shows
Jay Gatsby’s lifelong goal was to get back the woman of his life, Daisy Buchanan, who is now married to Tim Buchanan. The two planned to wait until World War I was over and Gatsby would return home to marry her. Then Gatsby is betrayed by Daisy as she leaves him and marries Tom Buchanan during wartime. Gatsby and Daisy are madly in love with each other and their affection is shown throughout the novel and a specific example follows when the two talk for the first time in five years: “Daisy’s face...
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