The Great Gatsby is Love Story – Explanation | Major English Grade XII

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby is Love Story

In every novel, we find some sort of love story. In this novel too, it is the love story of Gatsby and Daisy that moves the plot forward. All the actions and inspirations of the central character Gatsby are linked with his love affair. This story is a love tragedy.

When Gatsby was a young military officer in Louisville before leaving to fight in World War I in 1917, he immediately fell in love with Daisy. Daisy promised to wait for him when he left for the war, but married Tom Buchanan in 1919, while Gatsby was studying at Oxford after the war in an attempt to gain an education. So Gatsby engages in criminal activities like bootlegging, trading in stolen securities in order to win back Daisy and recreate his past. Gatsby tries to show his worth by means of his wealth and his lavish parties. He buys a large house just in front of Daisy’s large mansion. Gatsby meets Daisy with the help of Nick and their love affair resumes again. Tom becomes aware of the developing relationship between his ” wife and Gatsby. Therefore we can able to call “The Great Gatsby” as a love story.

Important Questions:

  • Discuss ‘The Great Gatsby’ as a love story.
  • Describe the extreme ways of love shown by Gatsby for Daisy.
  • Write briefly the plotline of “The Great Gatsby”.

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