Love In The Great Gatsby Analysis

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Gatsby’s Love The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a tragic love story set in the immoral and unsure post WWI 1920s. The focus of the novel is on Jay Gatsby - a young, rich man who lives on West egg in New York - and his former lover from five years ago, Daisy. Throughout the five years during which the two were separated, Gatsby’s love for Daisy never waned, and he loved nobody but her. However, Daisy married another man - Tom Buchanan - in Gatsby’s absence. In any case, in an age of anxiety in the 1920s following WWI, the idea of love took on a new, modernistic, identity, that is demonstrated wonderfully in Radclyffe Hall’s The Well of Loneliness. The novel “portrayed in graphic, orgasmic terms an extramarital love affair between the upper-class Lady Chatterley and her groundskeeper, Mellors” (Winkiel 54), which shows the forbidden and sinful nature of love in modernist literature. For this reason, the modernistic portrayal of love in The Great Gatsby is represented by a fruitless struggle between two people separated by class to be together. First, Jay Gatsby is deeply in love with Daisy, but the two have a class separation that makes it impossible for their relationship to work out. Gatsby, who is from “rough and humble beginnings” (McCombie. Young Gatsby in Love), eventually does accrue enough wealth to be a member of the upper class, but he made his money illegally working with Meyer Wolfsheim. However, Daisy always had her money, she was born into it, and

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