The Fight for Daisy: Tom vs. Gatsby Essay

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Daisy Buchanan, this woman is crazy, uncaring, and many would argue cold hearted. She is married to Tom and yet, has an affair with Gatsby. Tom is her husband, a very well-off man that goes off and has affairs, and never attempts to hide the fact. Then there is Gatsby. Ah, Gatsby. The young man she was so in love with as a teenage girl. Tom and Gatsby have many similarities; from the fact that both Tom and Gatsby want Daisy all to themselves to the fact that they both love her. While they share many similarities they have far more numerable differences between them. The differences range from how they treat her to how rich they and what social class they are in, to the simple fact that Tom lives in “East Egg” and Gatsby in “West Egg.” Both …show more content…
Nobody from Nowhere make love to your wife” (99). In this quote Tom is saying that he still loves Daisy, despite his affairs, and that he will not stand by and be silent if his wife is sleeping around. So while Tom is in love with the real Daisy Gatsby loves the image of her that he has created over the past five years, since he last saw her. Gatsby is in love with, essentially, everything she is not. Gatsby shows the depth of his love for Daisy near the end of the novel when he takes the blame for hitting, and killing, Myrtle Wilson. Therefore, when Gatsby dies at the end on the story, it was his love for Daisy that killed him. Even though this is a poetically romantic thought, Daisy decide that she loves Tom more than Gatsby, simply for the fact that loving him and living with him is easy. She knows that he will have affairs, but that he will always come running right back to her.
The first difference between the two is how well, or in Tom’s case how horrible, these two men treat Daisy. Tom is physically abusive to his wife, at one point Daisy tells everyone that he has hurt her knuckle. “’Look!’ she complained; ‘I hurt it’ We all looked – the knuckle was black and blue. ‘You did it Tom,’ she said accusingly. ‘I know you did not mean to, but you did do it…’” (14). While Tom is abusive to Daisy, Gatsby is kind, and all too loving. Gatsby has had five whole years to imagine up a Daisy that he loves, and he will do anything for

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