The Great Gatsby (Relationships)

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Relationships between men and women do not always work; something always goes wrong. F. Scott Fitzgerald illustrates this premise quite well in his development of the four major relationships influencing the plot of The Great Gatsby. The first relationship introduced in the novel is Tom and Daisy Buchanan. Tom is a very powerful domineering man, very self-centered and self-absorbed. While Daisy is a charming, beautiful lady, with a thrilling voice, she is very self-centered as well. Tom and Daisy's relationship is undergoing stress. When Daisy notices that her finger is hurt she says, "You did it, Tom… That's what I get for marrying a brut of a man, a great big hulking physical specimen (Tom interrupts) "I hate that word…show more content…
He had thrown himself into it with a creative passion, adding to it all the time, decking it out with every bright feather that drifted his was. No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart." (P 101) While Daisy wasn't happy in her marriage, she would never leave Tom for this low class fellow. For a small time, she too was caught up in his glorious dream, but she never believed in it the way Gatsby did. Gatsby lived his life to please Daisy; this was part of the relationships fatal flaw. He worked so hard to prove himself worthy, but in the process he lost who he really was. Daisy is so into self-satisfaction that in order to make herself feel better she uses Gatsby, not caring that she is toying with his heart. Both parties are to blame; they are so self-serving they never stop to look at the real world and how what they do affects others. Something in every one of these relationships mirrors F. Scott Fitzgerald's own life. He was madly in love with a beautiful girl that came from money and had to publish his first book before she consented to marry him. Once they were married, they were considered one of the leading couples, like Tom and Daisy, in the roaring twenties. The life they lived was a reflection of Gatsby's parties. Mrs. Fitzgerald lost her mind and was put in an institution; Myrtle acted irrational and just might have gone crazy in the end. Fitzgerald responded by

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