Examples Of Obsession In The Great Gatsby

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Love is a very powerful and common thing that most people go through in their lives. It can eventually affect one’s actions and even their thoughts. This is called obsession: being devoted to something that continuously preoccupies one’s mind. This obsession is portrayed through Gatsby in The Great Gatsby. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, he characterizes Gatsby’s feelings towards Daisy as love at first, but later as obsession through Gatsby’s actions, his thoughts, and past memories with Daisy. F. Scott Fitzgerald uses Gatsby’s actions to show that Gatsby is, indeed, obsessed with Daisy. The things that Gatsby does to get closer to Daisy prove that his feelings for her have surpassed love, and he is now obsessed. One thing that Gatsby does that shows his obsession with Daisy is when he buys his house. Jordan tells Nick, “Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay.” Gatsby spends so much money just to be able to see Daisy and to be able to impress her with her house if he ever gets the chance. He would go through all that even though he knows that she is married. He does not seem to care. That shows how obsessed he is. Another thing that Gatsby did was the way that he obtained his wealth. Nick says about Gatsby, “It was when curiosity was at its highest that the lights in his house failed to go on one Saturday night-and, as obscurely as it had begun, his career as Trimalchio was over” (Fitzgerald 113). There are two main things in this
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