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God is Dead... or Was that Gatsby?

February 15, 2005

Well, for as slow as the first six chapters of The Great Gatsby seemed to be, those last three chapters certainly packed a punch. Chapter seven seemed dreamlike and sweltering, definitely conveying the heat of the summer sun striking down upon our fair characters. Karissa agrees when she writes: "The intensity of the plot grows as the weather becomes more unbearable. Chapter seven practically perspires with references to the heat."

My question is thus: Was justice served? Or better yet: how could justice have been better served? What would have happened if Gatsby hadn't died?

I enjoyed the irony of Daisy being the driver of the car that ran over Myrtle Wilson; however, I think justice would have been better served, perhaps, if Tom were the victim instead. It was also interesting that both Tom and Mr. Wilson found out about their wives infidelities (or thoughts thereof) around the same time.

Poor Gatsby, man. Dude just fell in love with the wrong girl - he should have known from the beginning that it would never work out: she was a materialistic little rich girl and he was a poor boy from out west. Somehow, as people in love are wont to do, Gatsby managed to twist the whole thing around into a sick fantasy of love turned sour that still had the possibilty of being resolved.

The question, however, was sealed well before he got lost in the game: Daisy had a choice - she could have love, in the form of the adoration from our man Gatsby or you could have money, in the form of Tom Buchanan. Daisy made her choice, or maybe for Daisy it was never a choice: Daisy lived and breathed money from the moment of her conception - the idea of a live without was never a real possibility.

So... love or money? Which would you choose?

Moira at 09:10 PM :: Comments (6) :: « :: »

You aren't kidding when you say that Gatsby fell in love with the wrong girl. Too bad he never got to spend all that energy on someone more worthwhile. I am so glad people are finally seeing Daisy as the horrible idiot that she is. I don't understand why she didn't choose love. She clearly doesn't like Tom yet she still chose him. The sad thing is that Tom and Gatsby both had money at the end, so there is no reason that she didn't chose Gatsby. All I can say is that I hate Daisy and that she was a moron.
Oh yeah, that was pretty ironic that she hit Tom's mistress with Gatsby's car. I didn't really like Gatsby at all, but I don't think he should have died.

Posted by: Sue at February 15, 2005 10:29 PM

I don't think choosing love was ever really an option for Daisy - money was all she knew, ya know? She was so far removed from *real life* that the idea of a life with love but not money absolutely horrified her! By the end, it was too late for Daisy to go back on her decisions - money was her choice up to the bitter end.

Posted by: moira at February 16, 2005 02:25 PM

Money can make a person go bonkers, I think, and I agree with the point that to Daisy, money was inexorably intertwined with life itself. I mean Fitzgerald kind of points this out when he uses a green light in connection with Daisy. To Daisy, who’s day consisted on fine things upon more fine things, upon more fine things, the idea of a scandal and the possibility of lack of security just for a little love was unconscionable. Poor Daisy, idiot or otherwise, ruined by wealth and the materialism that poisons money lust.

Posted by: John Haddad at February 16, 2005 10:12 PM

First, thanks for the link :-)
Second, wow, I can't stand Daisy... I know Tiffany talks about how much she can't stand Daisy in her blog, too. Daisy isn't really anything more than a leech in this story--she sucks the life out of everyone she's with.

John, you're exactly right about Daisy's relationship with money. There is no way to separate her from her money--"her voice sounds like money," says Gastby. At that point, it strikes even Nick that Daisy is not to be exonerated from her position as slave to money. It runs her life, sadly.

Posted by: Karissa at February 17, 2005 08:33 AM

Impressive re-design, Moira :-D I've got spots and you've got stripes!

Posted by: Karissa at February 21, 2005 06:55 PM

Thanks, Karissa! I haven't got my individual entries or archives page done but it's a start! I was getting bored with the old look and inspired by all the pretty redesigns I've been seeing around! ;c)

Posted by: moira at February 22, 2005 11:47 AM
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