How is love portrayed in The Great Gatsby, especially in regards to Daisy and Gatsby, and Jordan and Nick?

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In The Great Gatsby, love is portrayed terribly unromantically. No love seems to last; no love survives the novel. Daisy could not wait for Gatsby, the man she claimed to love, so she married Tom, a man she no longer loves. When Tom reveals that Gatsby is a bootlegger (and may be involved in even worse criminal activity than that), Daisy abandons Gatsby, though she professed to love him. Nick and Jordan do have feelings for one another, but nothing much ever really comes of it. Nick figures that he is probably in love with Jordan, but he cannot bring himself to tell her. She seems too proud to make herself vulnerable to him. Myrtle Wilson cheats on her husband, George, with Tom (who claims to love Daisy but cheats on her all the time), and she thinks George is completely stupid and worthless. Tom certainly doesn't love Myrtle, his mistress; he even hits her in the face when she talks back to him. Love seems like an unattainable dream: something the characters believe in that never works out.


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