Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Envy

Jealousy:
-intolerant of rivalry or unfaithfulness; disposed to suspect rivalry or unfaithfulness
-hostile toward a rival or one believed to enjoy an advantage
-vigilant in guarding a possession


There are many moments of jealousy in The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald. One main example includes Jay Gatsby's resentment towards Tom Buchanan, Daisy's husband. Gatsby has always loved Daisy since the day they met, but when he left to war, she was in need of affection, and ended up falling in love and marrying Tom. Gatsby yearns for the past and hopes to win Daisy's heart again through his riches and luxurious lifestyle, but has difficulty with Tom in between. Gatsby feels that he'd be the better man for Daisy.

Even though Tom is cheating on Daisy with Myrtle Wilson, there are still some moments where she feels jealousy towards Tom's wife. Because Myrtle is from a lower class, she envies the things they have and wants more in her life, which is what brought her to Tom. She wants to be his only lover. Even when Tom, Nick, and Jordan stop by the garage in the valley of ashes to get gas, Nick "realized that her eyes, wide with jealous terror, were fixed not on Tom, but on Jordan Baker, whom she took to be his wife (pg 125)."

Nick Carraway is struggling bonds salesman that lives next door to Gatsby's extravagant mansion. Although Nick politely declines Gatsby's business offer to help Nick earn more money, he's still jealous of Gatsby's wealth like everybody else.

Sources: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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