Obsessive love in Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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In The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby is portrayed as a naive and heartbroken man who will do anything to revive his relationship with the love of his life; even if it means reliving the past. Gatsby is a victim to temptation, manipulation, society and obsessive love. However it is because of this obsessive and incessant love that the rest of his problems unfold. He is so blinded and determined to gain the approval of his former lover, he allows himself to be made a mockery by society.

It is made clear that Gatsby moved to West Egg for the sole reason that the love of his life, Daisy Buchanan, lives with her husband Tom in a house within sight of Gatsby’s mansion. “I think he half expected her to wander into one of his parties, some night…but she never did” (Fitzgerald.4.84). As Daisy’s friend Jordan explains the situation to the narrator and Daisy’s cousin, Nick Carraway, she notes that although Gatsby threw countless parties that were no interest of him in hopes that Daisy would one day stumble in, she was clueless to how very close Jay Gatsby was to her.

Gatsby lacked the courage to approach Daisy, even though he worked his life around his dream of seeing her again.

Gatsby was referred to by the socialites as “new money.” Living in West Egg was less respectable then living in East Egg. The social structure was not of much concern to Gatsby and he paid little attention to etiquette or class. His obsession with Daisy took top priority, and while his intentions were sincere, Gatsby put himself in positions to be made a fool. “My God, I believe the man’s coming…Doesn’t he know she doesn’t want him?”(Fitzgerald.6.109). When invited by the Sloanes, a wealthy couple from East Egg,