Great Gatsby

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A Daisy For Us Both "It's amazing how a beautiful daisy can radiate so bright that it catches the eye of every man." In the novel, The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, this was true for both men. While Tom Buchanan and Jay Gatsby both had feelings at one time for Daisy Buchanan, their way of behaving was far different from each other. Daisy was wanted by both men at the beginning, but wasn't as great as the men had desired. Though neither man could find happiness in Daisy, they still treated her differently. Daisy was adored and loved by many, but affected these two men's lives mainly.

Both men in the beginning wanted daisy. Tom imagined Daisy as the perfect wife being of upper class like him and also being a beautiful woman. In the beginning, Tom and Daisy were very much in love. For example, when they were at the beach and Daisy was ""¦rubbing her fingers over his eyelids and they'd look at each other with unfathomable delight."

This shows the happiness they found within each other. Jay was with Daisy before her and Tom ever met. They were both young and full of love while he was a lieutenant in the army. Jordan, Daisy's friend, explains how one day while walking down the street, saw them and "they were so engrossed in each other that she (Daisy) didn't even notice me"¦" Both men were very happily in love with Daisy during their first years with her.

Daisy wasn't as great as both men had desired. Tom's satisfaction for Daisy didn't last very long into their marriage. A little while after moving to New York from France, Tom was already having an affair with a woman named Myrtle. He first tried to justify his affair by saying, "It does her (Myrtle) good to get away," while really Tom was the one trying so hard to escape from his life with Daisy. Jay had hoped for five years to meet up with Daisy again. Nick, Jay's neighbor, arranges for them to meet for tea, without Daisy knowing. Jay was so optimistic to see her again that when they finally met, he was exceptionally discouraged with the outcome of the day. Nick watched the two together as the ""¦bewilderment had come back into Gatsby's face, as though a faint doubt had occurred to him as to the quality of his present happiness." Daisy wasn't nearly the breathtaking, perfect girl Jay had hoped to meet again after so long. Neither Tom nor Jay were satisfied with having Daisy be their significant other, and found it difficult to find happiness within her.

Though neither man could find happiness in Daisy, they still treated her differently. Tom was very cruel towards Daisy. Throughout the novel Tom was known as hypocritical when having an affair with Myrtle, and as a rich, powerful man with his muscular "football body" and "arrogant eyes". Daisy even commented to Jay how awful he was to her when she said, "That's what I get for marrying a brute of a man." Jay, on the other hand, still treated Daisy as well as he could despite his disappointment toward her imperfection. He participated in illegal activities just to become rich enough to impress her through his mansion and his numerous, "beautiful shirts" that made Daisy cry. He still cared for her and learned to accept her flaws while treating her like the queen of his castle.

Daisy Buchanan was a beautiful woman in many ways. Tom loved her for her beauty and riches, but quickly grew tired of her as a wife. Jay's only true love was Daisy and he held onto their perfect memories and continued to love her despite her flaws he suddenly noticed. The way both of these men acted towards her showed greatly about who they were. Jay was a very thoughtful man who showed nothing except compassion while on the other hand; Tom was an uncaring, selfish man who had no concern for other's feelings. This novel shows how greatly the love people can have for each one another and how quickly it can change due to a greedy heart. Both men in this novel learned that their riches couldn't buy them happiness with Daisy.