Daisy closer to Gatsby in a process of optical magnification; because the light is physically close but also “as close as a star to the moon,” the description fittingly analogies Gatsby relationship to his dream. In one sense, it feels as close as an object across a bay, but from another perspective, the distance is unfathomable. Even as he attempts to relive his past with Daisy, Gatsby realizes that his compulsion to repeat has already taken him beyond the pleasure principle and into the realm of pain and oedipal punishment. Works Cited Mean, Adam.
Repetition, Race, And Desire In The Great Gatsby. ” Journal Of Modern Literature 37. 2 (2014): 76-91. Academic Search Complete. Web. 28 Jan. 2015. In The Great Gatsby, love and trust are mutually exclusive. Each character claims that they are in love with their spouse without having any trust. Having trust is part of being in love. Throughout the whole novel there is “love” which is depicted by cheating on their significant other. Author F. Scott Fitzgerald displays how love cannot exist without trust through Daisy and Tom Buchanan marriage. Tom claims to be totally and fully in love
Daisy whereas the audience knows he has a mistress named Myrtle. Daisy is very aware of Tom’s mistress but decides to ignore it because she has a hard time facing the true reality. When Daisy is talking about her daughter and says, “I’m glad it’s a girl And I hope she’ll be a fool – that’ the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful fool. ” Daisy is wanting her daughter not to know how hard the world will be and to able to eliminate the poison of society. Daisy overlooked Tom’s actions not to complicate their marriage. She felt secure, comfortable, and satisfied with her life.
Tom and Daisy were bound to be together due same social standings. They both came from old wealthy families, which made it acceptable and common for their relationship. Other classes viewed them prestigiously and more respected than the lower class. Gatsby asked Daisy to wait for him until he became wealthy, but like most women, Daisy took the first chance she saw in a secure and rich relationship without thinking once about Gatsby. He believed their love was enough for Daisy to wait on him, but trusting her was apparently the wrong chose to do.
The audience first learns about Tom’s affair with another harasser, Myrtle, when Nick comes there for dinner for the first time. Nick is shocked and confused on Daisy’s reaction to the whole scene. Daisy simply ignores Myrtle’s phone calls to her husband and puts on a believable “do not care” attitude. Tom claims to be in love with Daisy, but when did love involve cheating and lying? Their relationship could be the definition of unstable. Daisy loving both Tom and Gatsby was undeniable. She refused to say she did not love Tom, but she admitted she also loved Gatsby. Although Tom loved her, he viewed her more as an object than a spouse.