The theme of carelessness in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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"I couldn't forgive him or like him, but I saw that what he had done was, to him, entirely justified. It was all very careless and confused. They were careless people, Tom and Daisy-- they smashed up things and creatures and the retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was the kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made" (Fitzgerald 180-181). In the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the characters Daisy and Tom demonstrate the theme of carelessness. Tom and Daisy show carelessness through being foolish thus lacking a lack of good sense or judgment. Furthermore, they both show the theme of carelessness by being inconsiderate of others. The theme of negligence is …show more content…
'You forget there's a lady present,' said Jordan. Daisy looked around doubtfully 'You kiss Nick too.'

'What a low, vulgar girl!'

'I don't care!' cried Daisy, and began to clog on the brick fireplace." (Fitzgerald 116) It is evident that Daisy's words "I don't care" show that she is inconsiderate of other peoples' feelings. She rudely shows her affection for Gatsby in public without considering the fact that Nick and Myrtle are present. In addition to being inconsiderate of Nick and Jordan, Daisy is inconsiderate to Tom as well. "She looked at him [Tom] blindly. 'Why--how could I love him--possibly?'" (Fitzgerald 132) It is extremely inconsiderate to be telling Tom-- the man to whom she is married-- that she never loved him. Therefore, even though Tom showed carelessness through being inconsiderate of Daisy, Daisy was the more careless one because she was inconsiderate of more people as a result of her behaviour. These people include Nick, Jordan, and Tom.

Finally, both Tom and Daisy show carelessness through being foolish. Tom Buchanan exhibits foolishness by physically harming Daisy. "We all looked. The knuckle was black and blue.

'You did it, Tom,' she said accusingly.

'I know you didn't mean to, but you did do it. That's what I get for marrying a brute of a man, a great, big, hulking physical specimen of a--'" (Fitzgerald 12) This is significant because since Tom was foolish by acting on impulse, Daisy got injured. Even though Daisy described that Tom did not