Blanche and Gatsby

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Blanche and Gatsby
Desire plays a large role in the lives of Jay Gatsby and Blanche DuBois. Gatsby has the desire to be with Daisy Buchanan and to feel her genuine love. Blanche has the desire to be loved and to feel young again. Yet the desire of both Gatsby and Blanche is unattainable. Gatsby could never fulfill his dreams with Daisy because of the fact that she is married and has a child. Blanche lies so frequently that her lies are keeping her from being truly loved. Desire begins to take over the lives of these two mysterious characters throughout the stories.

In The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby is trying to build an ideal lifestyle so that he can impress Daisy, hoping to win her heart back. He throws elaborate parties at his mansion with hundreds of guests, many of whom he has no association with at all, “half expecting her to wander into one some night, but she never did” (The Great Gatsby 79). The location of his mansion is in view of Daisy, “but it wasn’t a coincidence at all. Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay” (Gatsby 78). He began asking around casually about her, seeing if people knew her. He even went to the extent of reading the Chicago newspaper every day, hoping to just catch a sight of her name.

Gatsby wants to see Daisy again, face-to-face, but he does not want to be upfront about it. He tries seeing her through other people, hoping to make it seem like a coincidence when they meet up. That is why he denied the idea that Jordan Baker gave him about inviting Daisy to lunch. Instead, he incorporates Nick into his scheme. He asks Nick to invite Daisy to tea at his house. While she is there, Gatsby would go over to Nick’s house to see her, acting as if he had no idea of her whereabouts. He wanted Nick to have her over at his house so that he could show her his house. In Gatsby’s mind, he believes that he needs to show off in order to impress Daisy and to win her back. He shows off his car,...
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