In The Great Gatsby, the author, F. Scott Fitzgerald, portrays Gatsby and Daisy’s nostalgia for their past love, but not for the lies that accompanied it. In the past, James Gatz, Gatsby, was poor and lived in a more austere environment than daisy; because of this disparity, they were unable to be in a relationship. This nostalgia causes drama and tension between them, leading to Gatsby’s death and Daisy’s departure from the East Coast.
Gatsby’s nostalgia causes him to rekindle old flames with Daisy. “Some part of himself that went into loving Daisy”(pg.) He believes he can take her back by repeating the events of five years ago. Gatsby is so in love he stays hopeful. Gatsby cried incredulously “Cant repeat the past?”… “Why of course you can!”(110) Gatsby’s impetus for Daisy is impeccable; He immerses himself in her and doesn’t refrain from making her reveal her love for him to her husband, Tom. “Just tell him the truth that you never loved him - and it’s all wiped out forever.” (132)Gatsby is feeling like this nostalgia is insurmountable since his emotions are being belittled by Daisy. “I love you now - isn’t that enough?”(132) Daisy makes Gatsby sound desperate and helpless. During this moment the tension in the room was palpable between Gatsby Daisy and Tom. She said “I did love him once - but I loved you too.”(132) Tom seemed depressed “even that’s a lie” (132)he said. Tom assumed that Daisy was his wife and he was the only man she was in love with but she “never loved him.” (pg.132)Daisy made it very clear that she didn’t want to allocate her love to both Tom and Gatsby. She told Gatsby in a very serene way that she “cant say I [Daisy] never loved Tom” (132)
Daisy’s nostalgia causes animosity and chaos between herself, Gatsby, and Tom. Gatsby’s impetus for Daisy caused her to tell Tom that she is in love with Gatsby and not him. Gatsby tells Tom “she never loved you, do you hear!”(132) this revelation left Tom feeling belittled in disbelief. Daisy...
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