The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Decent Essays

Everyone has heard of the phrase “stalker,” and everyone has heard of the concept of “love.” While these two are separate terms, what happens when the two become mistaken for one another? When does admiration become obsession? When is the line crossed from lover to stalker? In the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the main character, Jay Gatsby, is a very wealthy man who has once had a fling with Daisy Buchanan. Gatsby and Daisy were once in love but time came and went. Gatsby went to war, and Daisy married another man. When Gatsby gets back from war, he makes himself into a new persona to capture Daisy’s attention in hopes of rekindling their love. However, Gatsby takes his love to the point of obsession. He makes unrealistic rumors about himself, wastes money on luxuries to capture her attention, and expects too much from the woman he claims to love. Gatsby’s love for Daisy is not real love. He has many stalker-like qualities, rather than the romantic love so many are accustomed to.
Gatsby does not quite grasp the true concept of love. As Daisy and Gatsby first met and fell in love five years prior, they do not know one another. They know who each other used to be, but that is simply a depiction of the past. When the two ex-lovers reunite, Nick states, “He literally glowed, without a word or a gesture of exultation a new well-being radiated from him and filled the little room” (Fitzgerald 89). Before Gatsby meets with Daisy, he is already radiating with

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