Love comes at a very high cost. The things people would do for it are incredible. Jay Gatsby the main protagonist in the Book and film The Great Gatsby befriends a guy named Nick Carraway just to get closer to his love Daisy Buchanan who is Nicks cousin. Nick and Jay become close throughout the story and eventually become good friends. Daisy and Jay meet up again through a tea party Jay had Nick set up. Daisy invites Jay and Nick over to confess her love to Jay in front of her current husband Tom Buchanan. The plan however backfires and Jay and Tom get into a verbal fight. Jay loses it and proceeds to grab and almost hit Tom. Jay and Daisy leave back to Jays house but must pass through the valley of ashes where Tom is having an affair with Myrtle Wilson, George Wilsons wife. Myrtle thinks it’s Tom because he drove through there in the same car Daisy and Jay were in. She runs out into the road thinking it’s Tom, but it is Daisy driving with her vision blurred by tears from her anger and embarrassment from earlier. Gatsby later decides to go for a swim waiting for Daisy to call and right before he can do it, he is shot and killed by George. Daisy played him into thinking she loved him but instead she broke his heart and more. Endless amounts of money and accomplishments can’t buy or win love for Jay Gatsby.
“F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is an exquisite example of the “great American love story”, but in these ways, it is not. The Great Gatsby is not a story about perfect love; it is a tale of love and lust corrupting individuals in their lives, and of an American dream that is never fulfilled” (Litcharts). All the way throughout the story, there are many relationships that the reader follows. But the main relationship is between Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan. The relationship, however, fails to meet many needed requirements that would make it a true love story. Though in many love stories hardships are supposed to happen to make the readers more. Interested. Their relationship however has way to many problems. Jay Gatsby was a very accomplished man. He had many war metals and went to Oxford University and had unlimited amounts of money. He was a very well-mannered man and had a lot of business partners. Nick explains him as “the single most helpful person he’s ever met” (Fitzgerald 2). Nick also said, “He was a son of god a phrase which if means anything means that he must be about his father’s business” (Fitzgerald 98). Jay would go on throughout the story to boast about his earnings and accomplishments but never won the attention of Daisy.
These complications are horrible for a great love story. Gatsby makes many sacrifices in his life while attempting to get back together again with Daisy, but he is not simply giving up parts of his life for her – he changes who he was, and his personality, becoming a member of higher society so that he feels worthy of Daisy’s love. Although Daisy claims to love Gatsby, she also refuses to admit that he is the only man she loves (140), but this doesn’t change Gatsby’s mind one bit. He still pursues her as the love of his life. They allow the want for money and power to drive them apart for years, and Gatsby’s dream girl and life gradually fade away. Gatsby and Daisy do feel a love for one another, but it is not the true love great love stories need. Gatsby is seen throughout the story changing for Daisy, so she’ll become more attracted to him. But ultimately losses her in the end due to his greed to become good enough for her.
He was so madly in love with Daisy that he was blinded from realism. “It was an extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness such as I have never found in any other person and which is not likely I shall ever find again.” (2). This quote is significant because it is showing that Jay is truly in love with Daisy and Nick has never seen anything like it. Jay lost Daisy after he was drafted into World War One. After he returned from the war he tries to win Daisy back with his newly attained money. She is faced with a cheating husband and a man who wants to repeat the past. All through the story, Gatsby’s mind is stuck on getting Daisy back. He thinks that in one magical moment, Daisy will leave Tom and return to his side for a fairy tale ending. Jay just couldn’t get the same love and affection he had for Daisy back to him. He was so rapped up in his lust for Daisy that he pretty much got himself killed because he never told anyone that Daisy was the one who hit Myrtle while driving. He got himself shot because he didn’t want to lose Daisy.
Endless amounts of money and accomplishments can’t grand you love. This was shown through the love story of Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan who loved Gatsby but never truly loved him like he loved her. Love is what everyone wants but some people just can’t figure out how to obtain it. Love is what most people get up and out of bed for and why people care about what they look like or smell like because they want to impress and attract somebody, but is it really worth dying for?