What is love? Is love when someone is obsessed with someone to the point of doing anything for them or idolizing everything they are to a point of extremes? Can someone love someone else when they could actually be in love with the idea this certain someone has of this object of their affection? Gatsby idolizes Daisy as this perfect being rather than a person that Gatsby actually loves. He is tied to her in her past without any of the constraints of the social world as if he loves her back when they first met. Gatsby is in denial that Daisy has moved on with her life and doesn’t even seem to realize most of the time that she is married and has a child or social responsibilities. Gatsby thinks that he can just be with Daisy without any conflicts arising. Not only this but he seems to have to prove himself to her even though he doesn’t see these conflicts. Gatsby is stuck in a surreal life with Daisy as if he stepped back in time and they first met.
Gatsby keeps recollecting the past and it is so often that he actually thinks Daisy and he are back in the previous times and they are deeply in love with one another without too much care for anything at all. Gatsby feels as if Daisy is in love with him as much as he is with her. It doesn’t make sense that Gatsby doesn’t realize she has changed and he is still stuck in this limbo of a world where he can’t define what is the past and what is the present. Nick observes, “He had been full of the idea so long, dreamed it right through to the end, waited with his teeth set, so to speak, at an inconceivable pitch of intensity” (97). It seems that Daisy causes Gatsby to go to this dream world that he has made in his mind and it is the past he is dreaming since that is the only thing about him that hasn’t changed over the course of the years after and before the war. Gatsby is so in love that he cannot see other things around the area that are obvious to a slight extreme which is alarming. He is probably stuck in this dreamland that he has conceived in his mind.
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Gatsby doesn’t notice obvious items of importance when he is around Daisy. There are many instances where this happens which indicates he is either so awe-struck by Daisy that he cannot notice other things in his life or her life. Gatsby doesn’t notice many things when Daisy is around as if she is some kind of infatuation drug that makes his mind go blank very often. This happens in more events than readers probably would want to count.
Some people might call it to love but I highly doubt that due to its repetitiveness and After Gatsby says hello to Nick, Nick says that the rain has stopped and Gatsby doesn’t even take too much notice of it until a few seconds after. Nick then thinks, “When he realized what I was talking about, that there were twinkle-bells of sunshine in the room, he smiled like a weatherman, like an ecstatic patron of recurrent light, and repeated the news to Daisy” (94).
Gatsby also gets to meet Daisy’s daughter who, first of all, Daisy doesn’t seem too interested in and on top of that, Gatsby doesn’t even think that she exists. Nick observes, “Afterward he kept looking at the child with surprise. I don’t think he had ever really believed in its existence before” (123). Gatsby is in a trance around Daisy that seems to break only when Nick talks to him and even then it takes a few seconds for Gatsby to respond in usually a reluctant and uncaring dialogue. Gatsby doesn’t realize Daisy has a life of her own now without him involved too greatly within it. Is that really true love?
Gatsby doesn’t think Daisy has a real-life she is obligated to. He believes she has obligated to himself and only himself. Gatsby also believes there is no conflict between himself and Daisy that could arise. This however is very untrue. Gatsby doesn’t realize in a way that Daisy is married or at least thinks she married to save herself. She admits however that she loves both of the men she is deeply involved with, Gatsby and Tom. She states, “I did love him once- but I loved you too” (140). Gatsby has to prove himself to Daisy with material possessions because that is all he has now. He doesn’t really have a respectable position in society although it is upbeat all the time.
Nick narrates, “While we admired he brought more and the soft rich heap mounted higher- shirts with stripes and scrolls and plaids in coral and apple-green and lavender and faint orange with monograms of Indian blue” (98). Gatsby doesn’t realize none of these things will change the way she feels for her husband. Gatsby’s love doesn’t seem to be enough for her. Daisy wants more than what he can offer her. Gatsby might have the feeling of proving himself to her but this won’t change what has already happened. Daisy loves Tom now as well and no real material can change that sadly for Gatsby.
Gatsby and Daisy met before he left to go to war. Daisy picked him over the other army boys for some particular reason because she liked him and was probably attracted to him. She waited for him for some time but couldn’t do anything after a while since she was used to her rich surroundings. She couldn’t survive without some person giving her money or at least in the situation she was raised in.
That is why she married her husband. Gatsby, however, kept strong to her after she left. Daisy knew she wouldn’t be with Gatsby in the end because he was just a common person who wasn’t really known or respected. Gatsby tried to make a fortune in order for her to leave her husband but in the end, she doesn’t. It is a bizarre love affair but the real victim in my opinion is Gatsby. Their past was the thing he was clinging on to while Daisy kept moving forward. He was the lieutenant and she was the girl who fell for him.
Gatsby was in love with Daisy and this is true. Gatsby still loved Daisy after the war and this is true as well. Daisy loves Gatsby and will forever, true again. But the fact is that Gatsby views Daisy as a perfect person and she has to live up to this. She obviously doesn’t but he is too blinded by love to see it. He is in love with a past Daisy that was dead after he left for the war. The present Daisy has a new love and thus this brings up conflict. Gatsby is trying to this Daisy but it will not work with material wealth because she already has that with Tom. So in the end Gatsby might love Daisy but the Daisy he loves is no more and this new one doesn’t love him with the same passion as the old.
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