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Gatsby-In Love, or Obsessed?

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kelly marsh

on 9 May 2014

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Transcript of Gatsby-In Love, or Obsessed?

Gatsby bought a house intentionally across the lake from Daisy, just to be closer to her.
Gatsby threw huge, extravagant parties in hopes Daisy would make an appearance.
Gatsby spent years of his life trying to become rich,just to win Daisy over.
Daisy remarried, yet this still didn't stop Gatsby from trying to get her back.
"Obsession vs Love in a Relationship"
"An obsession can stem from an idealized version of someone you may not know well enough yet. The obsession is more with the idea of the person. You may spend most of your time fantasizing about how she may fit into your perfect life and end up projecting your ideal person onto her"

Obsess: To preoccupy or fill the mind of someone continually, intrusively, and to a troubling extent.
Gatsby-In Love, or Obsessed?
Love: an intense feeling of deep affection.
"To a troubling extent",he changed a big part of his life.
"It was a strange coincidence," I said.
"But it wasn't a coincidence at all."
"Why not?"
"Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay."

"I think he half expected her to wander into one of his parties some night,but she never did." Jordan Baker
-Nick and Jordan
"Rich girls can't marry poor boys"
May have even gotten money through illegal means, bootlegging.
Wanted her to leave Tom Buchanan, and tell him she never loved him.
"Just tell him the truth — that you never loved him — and it’s all wiped out forever.” Gatsby
Everyday Life Magazine
Perfect Life
Gatsby tries to recreate the past
He has an image of what their lives together would be-perfect.
This idea consumes his life,and becomes an obsession.
"As I went over to say good-bye I saw that the expression of bewilderment
had come back to Gatsby's face, as though a faint doubt had occurred to him
of his present happiness. Almost five years! There must have been moments
even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams - not through her
own fault, but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion.“ Nick Carraway

Ideal Daisy
Says how Gatsby's vision of Daisy was an ideal version of herself, who he wanted her to be.
She fell short not of herself, but of Gatsby's image of her.

Gatsby was not in love with Daisy, but rather obsessed with the idea of who he thought she was.
In love
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