Relationships in the Great Gatsby

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Relationships in the Great Gatsby
The American dream has been desired by many. It is an idealistic vision of absolute success that can be found in America. Many men in the 1920s dreamed of attaining large amounts of money by owning businesses or trading stocks. Women, however, had to come from a wealthy family or marry a rich business man. F. Scott Fitzgerald explored this concept in his famous novel The Great Gatsby.
The Great Gatsby chronicles the events of one fateful summer in 1922s New York. The story is told through the point of view of Nick Carraway, a stockbroker, who moves to New York to work and discovers that his neighbor, Jay Gatsby, throws the best parties in all of New York. Gatsby is in love with Carraway’s cousin, daisy, who is married to Tom Buchanan. Their love sets a chain of events that leads to the downfall of the charismatic Gatsby. Fitzgerald portrays romance as baseless through the relationships of Tom and Daisy, Gatsby and Daisy, and Tom and Myrtle. The love of Tom and Daisy stands as an example of baseless relationship. For example, when Nick visits his cousin,Daisy, at a house party, Daisy explains to Nick that her newborn baby was a girl and that she hopes “she’ll be a fool” because “that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool” (Ch.1 Pg.21). She also explains that Tom was “god knows where” when her baby was being born(Ch.1 Pg.21). Daisy is aware that Tom is having an affair because of his absence from the

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