Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby In-Class Essay

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” has often been depicted by literary critics as a love story, this however holds untrue. Throughout the novel, many relationships are introduced and some are culminated as the story moves forward. These so-called “romances” are not of true love, but are rather about greed, satisfaction, and corruption. They portray the corrupt version of the American Dream to the fullest. The relationships between Tom and Daisy, George and Myrtle, and lastly Gatsby and Daisy’s love affair all prove that the tale that is being told in this novel is not one of love.

Daisy and Tom Buchanan are portrayed as an uber-rich East Egg couple with a lone daughter. Daisy met Tom after her short relationship with Gatsby, and the two soon married. Tom had “Old Money,” which was the main reason that their relationship started and continued, because Daisy was materialistic and did not want to take a step down on the social ladder. They never truly loved each other which is evidenced when Tom cheated on Daisy only a mere week after their honeymoon in Santa Barbara. He got into an accident with a woman in his car who is identified as a chambermaid from the Santa Barbara hotel. This shows that their relationship was shaky from the beginning. Tom is inferred to have had many extra-marital affairs throughout the marriage and his fling in the novel is Myrtle Wilson. Daisy is aware of Tom’s cheating though she does not end their relationship because she is still in love with his money and even though she has a miserable life she does not want to take a hit in her social status. Tom is abusive towards women as well, as he hits Myrtle during one of their meetings in New York and it is also inferred that he must be abusive to his wife as well. Daisy cheats on Tom with Gatsby as a sort of revenge on Tom and this is a sure sign that she does not really love him nor does he love her. The Buchanan’s relationship is a clear example...