"Tom + daisy might treat Gatsby in a despicable manner,but Gatsby is responsible for his own destruction" 2 what extent can you agree or disagree?im having problems writing my final essay and...

"Tom + daisy might treat Gatsby in a despicable manner,but Gatsby is responsible for his own destruction" 2 what extent can you agree or disagree?

im having problems writing my final essay and this is one of the points i have to make in my essay.... daisy only comes across in a despicable manner in the end after she blames Gatsby for myrtels death, how els does she come across as despicable or should i rather just point out out tom and daisy come across as despicable instead of keeping them separate????

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that there are also other times when Daisy treats Gatsby in a pretty despicable way.  I think maybe the most important example of this is what happens between them in Louisville.  I mean, she makes it clear that she really have feelings for him, but then she won't have him because he does not have enough money.  That seems despicable.

In a way, her interactions with him in the "present" are sort of despicable as well.  She leads him to think she'll love him again but then she goes back to Tom because she doesn't like how he got his money.

But I still think it's his own fault because he's the one who decided to keep trying to get this shallow woman...

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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Gatsby has set himself up for the rejection that he will later experience and his own demise through his feelings for Daisy.  Daisy is a woman who is unkind to him, but he is drawn to her like the moth to the fire.

Gatsby longed for something that honesty and hard work would not provide him so he chose an alternate route to gain wealth.  Daisy is aware of who he really is as a person and who she really is as a person.  She is a selfish person who allows Gatsby into her life only to show her true nature at a later time.

Gatsby is at fault because he went after a married woman who was not his to take.  If Daisy had been unhappy with her marriage she could have gotten out of it before her affairs.  However, her lifestyle and ability to play around while married is a part of who she is as well as Tom.

Daisy and Tom are more alike than Daisy and Gatsby and they are both shallow people.  By becoming involved with them Gatsby has set-up his own demise.

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