What Is There Love In The Great Gatsby

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The 1920’s were a time filled with superfluous attitudes and quixotic ideologies. The journey for love was often perturbed by societies continuous and ongoing pursuit of desire. In ‘The Great Gatsby’, there are a plethora of instances where the longing of voluptuous desires supersedes any feelings of authentic love. Fitzgerald intends the readers to extricate the concepts of love and desire and to understand which of these leads to fulfilment and which leads to anguish. Love is perhaps the greatest force to inhabit the planet, but within love are two forms. The first and greatest of these is genuine, unadulterated love. This type of love is beyond powerful and when pure, is both invaluable and incomparable. Regrettably, this bona fide love is often confused with the other, the other being an artificial and self-indulgent form of love. Throughout ‘The Great Gatsby” both kinds of love are displayed but unfortunately the latter is…show more content…
The ideal character that models this seemingly indiscernible form of love is Daisy Buchanan. Daisy is involved with two men throughout the course of the novel and appears to genuinely love both of them at some stage. She claims to “love [Gatsby] now” and she “[loved Tom] once”. She claims to love both Gatsby and Tom at different times, and it is evident that she believes this mistruth herself. Consequently, Daisy is a confused woman, never really sure of what her heart longs for; her pursuit of true love is constantly and inadvertently hindered by her desire for wealth, status and power. This is proven when Daisy and Gatsby reunite and she visits Gatsby’s mansion; after seeing the plenitude of expensive shirts, she begins to sob – informing Gatsby that she had “never seen such beautiful shirts before”. Ergo, it is incontrovertible that Daisy is captivated by the wealth and status of Jay Gatsby rather than an honest and natural
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