The Great Gatsby and the Power of Love

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Viviana G.

Love is defined as having passion, devotion, and tenderness in which these feelings are shared between two people. In the 1920’s the meaning of love greatly changed in the eyes of society. Divorce was more common, committing adultery was normal, and, small-town women went to the big city in search for rich husbands. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, the reader is shown how adultery was normal when Tom has an open affair with Myrtle. Through Daisy’s horrible marriage with Tom, Gatsby’s obsession with Daisy, and Gatsby’s need for wealth, the reader can see that the value of this book is to be aware of and to protect yourself from the blinding power of love and how it can push someone away further from reality.

A marriage filled with lies, abusive arguments, and cheating cannot be considered to be a happy marriage. This disorderedly marriage could be seen between Tom Buchanan and his wife, Daisy. Within Tom and Daisy’s marriage, the reader is shown just how open people were about adultery. While Tom, Daisy, Nick, and Ms. Baker have lunch together at the Buchanan’s home, Tom goes into the kitchen to receive a phone call, during which Daisy follows him into the kitchen with an irritated expression on her face. Nick is left at the table confused about the circumstances. Ms. Baker tells Nick, “You mean to say you don’t know? I thought everybody knew” (15). In this quote by Miss Baker, the reader can see how everyone knew about Tom’s affairs, especially his own wife was clearly aware about his cheating. Another example of how open people were about their relationships was demonstrated when Tom and Nick went to the city together. “We’re getting off, he insisted. I want you to meet my girl” (24). Tom forces Nick to meet his mistress and they end up having a party at a city hotel room. Through Tom and Daisy’s marriage, we see how the love that Daisy has for Tom causes her to not see that Tom doesn’t love her. This forces her to think that...
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