Once there was a Greek philosopher by the name of Sophocles and he believed that “The greatest grieves are those we cause ourselves.” I believe this means that when things start to happen and people start paying more attention to the unimportant things rather than the both the bigger and smaller picture those little unimportant things become too big to be taken care of and soon spin out of control. Personally I agree with this quote because I believe that when you start to over think about all the things that can be ignored all you cause yourself is pain and unsolved problems. This quote is related to “The Great Gatsby”, By F. Scott Fitzgerald, because of the misery Gatsby, Daisy, and Tom cause themselves and others due to their tangled relationship.
In the Great Gatsby this quote goes best with the argument between Gatsby and Tom. “‘The trouble is that sometimes she gets foolish ideas in her head and doesn’t know what she’s doing,” He nodded sagely. “And
what’s more I love Daisy too. Once in a while I go off on a spree and make a fool of myself, but I always come back…’” –Tom (pg- 131, The Great Gatsby).
Tom says this during his conflict with Gatsby and from his
point of view he believes that no matter what he does Daisy would never leave him even if she did love Gatsby. This relates to the quote because Tom was willing to destroy whatever Daisy and Gatsby had because he wanted Daisy all to himself even though he admitted to cheating on her every so often. Tom soon became the key part in his, Daisy and Gatsby’s grief and anguish.
The Failure of the American Dream In the classic novel The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tom Buchanan, George Wilson and Jay Gatsby fail to achieve the American Dream. The American Dream is the combination of happiness, love and hard honest work. The above characters try throughout the novel to obtain these characteristics but fail in the end. Tom did not live the American Dream due to ...
When looking at Tom and Gatsby I realized that they had many similarities, similarities that are most likely also the key to their grief. “‘I’ve got a nice place here,” He said… he moved a broad flat hand along the front vista.” – Tom (pg- 7, The Great Gatsby).
‘My house looks well, doesn’t it?” He demanded. “See how the whole front of it catches the light.’”- Gatsby (pg- 89,The Great Gatsby).
These quotes show that even though Daisy seems to be attracted to Gatsby because he is different from Tom in the way he treats her, but I wonder how much of Daisy is attracted to Gatsby now because of his similarities to Tom. Their mirrored actions be it Loving Daisy, their money, the way people approach them, even their dislike of each other led to Daisy’s separating all ties with Gatsby and the death of Tom’s mistress. The jealousy, anger and greed lead to the heartbreak of more than one person and grief ran further than Daisy, Tom or Gatsby could’ve imagined.
Moving away from Tom and Gatsby we focus more on the one caught in the middle, Daisy. “I look outdoors for a minute… There’s a bird on the lawn that I must think is a nightingale… He’s singing away.””- Daisy (pg- 15, The Great Gatsby).
“And I could only remember… that Daisy hadn’t sent a message or a flower.”- Nick (pg- 174, The Great Gatsby).
These quotes tell me that Daisy was unwilling to acknowledge something that she knows everyone else suspects and is in denial. She is unwilling to send anything to Gatsby’s funeral because she was in denial of his death and didn’t want to confront it. Daisy’s unwillingness to move to the next step of anything she does, having an affair with Gatsby or telling him officially that it was over, gave her grief.
This quote is related to the Great Gatsby because of the misery Gatsby, Daisy and Tom cause themselves due to their tangled relationship. The book showed the similarities Tom and Gatsby had all through the chapters. The argument between Tom and Gatsby managed to make Daisy’s true characteristics apparent. When looking back on the relationship Gatsby, Daisy and Tom had with each other I sometimes believe that Daisy suffered the most despite Tom having lost his mistress and Gatsby paid for everything with his life. And now I’ll leave you with a quote of my own. “And the lonely stayed lonely, the loveless stayed loveless, the living went on living and the dead stayed dead, but no one asked themselves, was it worth it?”
Defined by a book of current literary terms, a climax is "the arrangement of a series of ideas or expressions in ascending order of importance or emphasis; the last term of the arrangement; a culmination." Written by F. Scott Fitzgerald during the roaring 20's, The Great Gatsby provides a look into the upper class circle of the East and West Villages of New York City. Known as East and West Egg in ...