In The Great Gatsby, there are three illicit relationships: Gatsby and Daisy, Nick and Jordan, and Tom and Myrtle. In some ways they are similar, and in some ways each is unique. In this essay, I will compare and examine each of the couples, and try to give some insight as to why none of the relationships worked out. The relationship between Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan was probably the most one sided. The entire time they were apart, all Gatsby did was try to reach his goal, which was Daisy.
When you think about somebody but dont talk to them for a long time, you can build them up to be this perfect person. So when Gatsby and Daisy talked for the first time in years, it was almost like he was talking to a famous movie star. Daisy didnt feel that way. She used to love him, but not anymore. Also, if Gatsby and Daisy met under other circumstances, such as each of them having no money and Daisy not being married, their relationship may have worked out. But because of the circumstances, heir relationship was doomed to fail.
Of all of the relationships, I think that the most honest was between Nick Carraway and Jordan Baker. This is ironic because it was Jordans compulsive dishonesty that ruined the relationship. They werent secretly seeing each other behind other peoples backs, they werent unfaithful to each other, and they both cared for each other. Nick saw Jordans dishonesty as a major flaw in her personality, and he didnt think she was worth it.
Out of all of the relationships, Tom Buchanan and Myrtle Wilsons was the most the most superficial. Neither had true feelings for the other, they were just there to amuse themselves. This one was also the most damaging. Gatsby, Mr. and Mrs. Wilson all died because of it. For one reason or another, all three of the relationships were doomed to fail. Some due to the circumstances, and some due to the people within them. I believe that out of all six of the characters involved in these relationships, Gatsby was the only one that really loved someone.