The Great Gatsby (Relationships)

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Relationships between men and women do not always work; something always goes wrong. F. Scott Fitzgerald illustrates this premise quite well in his development of the four major relationships influencing the plot of The Great Gatsby.

The first relationship introduced in the novel is Tom and Daisy Buchanan. Tom is a very powerful domineering man, very self-centered and self-absorbed. While Daisy is a charming, beautiful lady, with a thrilling voice, she is very self-centered as well. Tom and Daisy's relationship is undergoing stress. When Daisy notices that her finger is hurt she says, "You did it, Tom… That's what I get for marrying a brut of a man, a great big hulking physical specimen (Tom interrupts) "I hate that word hulking…even in kidding." "Hulking," insisted Daisy. (P 16) Daisy knows how to push all of Tom's buttons and how hard to push them. Daisy tells Nick how cynical she is about everything, she shows her views in the statement "She told me it was a girl and I turned my head away and wept… all right I'm glad it's girl. And I hope she'll be a fool – that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool." (P 21). It's rumored that Tom is having an affair, "Tom's got some woman in New York." (P 19), and from what Daisy says she would just rather not notice what is really happening. Daisy and Tom never seem at peace with each other, just in an oblivious state where nothing can change them. They know "their place" is together; it suits society, they are perfectly matched. Daisy goes astray with Gatsby. "As he (Tom) left the room again she got up and went over to Gatsby and pulling his face down, kissing him on the mouth…You know I love you." (PP 122-123) Daisy uses Gatsby to rebel against Tom's infidelity, but would never even consider leaving him, especially for an old flame. They are so materialistic; they except their flawed relationship as normal.

Myrtle and Tom have a very fiery relationship. She is his...
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