The Theme of Carelessness in The Great Gatsby
The idea of carelessness plays an important role in The Great
Gatsby. Daisy, Tom, Jordan, Gatsby and Nick were all careless at some points throughout the book. Daisy and Tom were careless about their relationship, their money, and many of their daily activities. Gatsby was also unconcerned with his money. Jordan was blas about the way she treated other people.
ÃÂThey were careless people, Tom and Daisy - they smashed up
things and creatures and then retreated back to their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made. . . .ÃÂ(189) This was an accurate description of the way Tom and Daisy acted. They were constantly neglectful of the way they behaved and when they realized they were wrong, they would retreat back to their money. It was always other people that had to pay for Tom and DaisyÃÂs careless mistakes.
Daisy also admitted that she was careless in a dialogue with Nick.
ÃÂI am careful.ÃÂ
ÃÂNo, youÃÂre notÃÂ
ÃÂWell, other people are,ÃÂ she said lightly.
ÃÂWhatÃÂs that got to do with it?ÃÂ
ÃÂTheyÃÂll keep out of my way,ÃÂ she insisted. ÃÂIt takes two to make an accident.ÃÂ
ÃÂSuppose you meet somebody just as careless as yourself.ÃÂ
ÃÂI hope I never will,ÃÂ she answered. ÃÂI hate careless people.ÃÂ(63)
She quickly responded to Nick that she doesnÃÂt need to be careful. Daisy implied that it is the other personÃÂs responsibility to be mindful of her. She also said that she hates careless people right after she admitted that she was careless. Daisy was indifferent about her relationship with Tom. She knew that her husband was having an affair with another women but Daisy...