The Hidden Mask

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In the Great Gatsby the three main characters Jay Gatsby, Tom and Daisy Buchanan symbolizes the evils that changed how Americans went about achieving their dreams of money, wealth, and happiness. With the ending of World War 1, the rise in the stock market, and the band on alcohol between a younger generation and old wealth created society hungry for money and materialism. In their desperate attempt to achieve happiness they become lost in their efforts and their lives end in tragedy. In Daisy’s desperate attempt to achieve happiness, she becomes lost in her effort to be loved. Daisy wore many masks to hide her feelings of loneliness’ and her desperate desire to be loved. She often appeared superficial and suspicious towards others. Daisy was deeply in love with Gatsby, however, couldn’t wait for him to return from the war and marries Tom Buchanan instead. It’s only when she discovers Tom is having an affair with a married woman named Myrtle Wilson that she realizes she should have waited for Gatsby. Daisy feels trapped. Her husband treats her like a possession and tries to control her. Her marriage prolongs her desire for wealth and status in a society that is accustomed to privileges. Daisy also realizes how deeply Gatsby feels about her when he takes the blame for killing Myrtle when in reality it was Daisy who carelessly hit her while driving his car. In the end Daisy never discloses her love for Gatsby despite Tom’s suspicion. When Gatsby dies she doesn’t even attend his funeral and instead disappears from society with Tom and their daughter.

Gatsby wears a similar mask in his quest for happiness and instead gets caught up in crime and an early death. All the people he lavished his wealth upon don’t even attend his funeral and the woman he loves (Daisy) remains loyal to her unfaithful husband, Tom. Gatsby never discloses how he attained his money. Instead he bragged he was born into wealth. As a result Gatsby gets...
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