"The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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The Great Gatsby:

A Great American Love Story

F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby can be characterized as being one of the great American love stories of the 20th century. Love is clearly a theme throughout the novel. Whether it be between Nick and Jordan, George and Myrtle, Myrtle and Tom, Tom and Daisy, or Daisy and Gatsby, love is a constant element of the story.

Although all of the love affairs present in this story are somehow intertwined, each is very different from the other. No two couples seem to express the same kind or amount of love for each other. Even those who has more than one lover, feels differently each one. Nick and Jordan, for example, are a new couple who seem to show a great deal of interest towards each other, but do not actually express their love to each other. While the couple may have been in love, it was never outwardly shown in the course of the novel.

Jordan and Nick seemed to be together at almost any time they could. They spent almost the whole night together at one of Gatsby's parties. After the party, as they were talking about driving a car, Nick thought for a moment that he loved her. But he realized that he 'definitely had to get himself out of that tangle back home' before he could think about loving Jordan. Nick and Jordan also appeared that they would be the only couple to last through the obvious failure of all the relationships in the novel. But, alas, theirs too failed. This is one relationship in the novel that demonstrates the theme of love.

The love between George and Myrtle is only shown coming from George. Myrtle and George are only together once in the same room,