Different Interpretations of Love in the Great Gatsby

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Almost every character in The Great Gatsby claimed to be in love with someone. While reading the novel, one may begin to question the authenticity of any of the characters feelings. Each character seems to interpret love in a completely different way. It makes one wonder if any of the characters have any idea of what love really is. He nodded sagely. "And what's more, I love Daisy too. Once in a while I go off on a spree and make a fool of myself, but I always come back, and in my heart I love her all the time. "You're revolting," said Daisy. She turned to me, and her voice, dropping an octave lower, filled the room with thrilling scorn: "Do you know why we left Chicago? I'm surprised that they didn't treat you to the story of that little spree.” A prime example of this unique observation is Tom. He seems to think love is more of a controlling, dominating feeling. He doesn’t do much loving and nurturing for either of his women. He cheats on his wife, and beats his mistress. If he truly loves either of them, he sure has a bizarre way of showing it. He likes being able to control Daisy the way he does, and he loves having Myrtle obey him because of his money. It seems he loves controlling them, not being with them. Another example is Myrtle. She obviously does not love her husband or else she would not have cheated on him, and tried to leave him. She has two men in her life. One who tries his best to provide for her with his meager earnings, but does love her. The other is powerful, prestigious, and wealthy, but breaks her nose. The choice here would be obvious for someone else, but Myrtle takes the alternate route. She chooses the rich man who beats her over her husband who does his best to care for her. There seems to be an ulterior motive behind this decision. Perhaps she doesn’t "love" Tom after all. Perhaps she loves his money. _‘Please don’t.’ Her voice was cold, but the rancour was gone from it. She looked at Gatsby. ‘There, Jay,’ she said ' but her...
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