The Great Gatsby Love Analysis

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Love or Possession: An Analysis of Daisy and Jay in The Great Gatsby
Love is often a feeling misattributed to a variety of other emotions and circumstances. In the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the relationship between Daisy and Jay is often mistaken for a compelling love story. While the feelings that Jay Gatsby has for Daisy Buchanan could be classified as love, he loves her as facet of his idealistic image rather than as a person. Daisy Buchanan is not admired for her individual being, but rather as a part of a larger fantasy that involves money, power, and a high level of sophistication. When Gatsby aims to possess Daisy in addition to his money and fame, he is striving to be the kind of man who would attract a woman
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As a young boy, Gatsby kept a detailed schedule for how he would spend each day, including practice proper mannerisms and working out, so that he could one day manifest his dream of a high status life, as he felt as though he did not fit within the mediocre lifestyle that he had been born into. When Gatsby’s father visits the house after his death, he remarks on this determination to Nick:
Jimmy was bound to get ahead. He always had some resolves like this or something. Do you notice what he's got about improving his mind? He was always great for that. He told me I et like a hog once, and I beat him for it. (173)
In this quote, the differences between Jimmy/Jay and the household that he was born into quickly become evident. While he grew up in a lower class home, he always felt as though he was destined for something more that that. As Jimmy got older, he began to create this alternate identity for himself, under the name of Jay Gatsby, formerly Jimmy Gatz.
The truth was that Jay Gatsby of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself. … So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen−year−old boy would be likely to invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the end. (98)
Gatsby is a notable character because he is larger than life, and this is due to this idea of him following an idea of who he could be.
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