Great Gatsby Response Paper

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“She never loved you, do you hear? She only married you because I was poor and she was tired of waiting for me. It was a terrible mistake, but in her heart she never loved any one except me!” (Fitzgerald 130). Blinding Lust

In The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby is apparently in love with Daisy Buchanan; however, this seems to be a misconception. F. Scott Fitzgerald portrays the themes of love, lust and obsession, through the character Jay Gatsby, who confuses lust and obsession with love. Nick, Gatsby, Tom, Daisy, and Jordan have just gotten into the suite at the Plaza Hotel. As the group converses, Tom begins to interrogate Gatsby as to try to find some kind of flaw in his character, first asking about his use of the phrase “old sport”, and then inquiring about his attendance at Oxford. Tom implies that Gatsby is trying to start a row, and the situation turns ill as he insults Gatsby. Gatsby replies that he has something to tell Tom, but Daisy interrupts in an attempt to stop Gatsby from saying anything about their prior relationship. Tom demands that he hear what Gatsby has to say, and Gatsby replies with the above passage. Gatsby is trying to prove something to himself as well as to Tom. He tells Tom that Daisy has never loved him and that Daisy has truly only ever loved him, Gatsby. The idea that Daisy has never loved Tom gives Gatsby hope, and it is that which has fueled Gatsby’s determinism to win Daisy back. Gatsby wants nothing more than for Daisy to tell Tom that she has never loved him. In doing so she would both satisfy Gatsby’s dream that has become more of an obsession, as well as terminate the one thing, in Gatsby’s eyes, that is keeping him and Daisy apart now that he has made his fortune and situated himself as a member of the upper class. Gatsby believes that Daisy only married Tom for his money as he states, “She only married you because I was poor and she was tired of waiting for me.” It is this belief that has been Gatsby’s driving motivation for...
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