This book/article does a great explanation of how the novel can be perceived as a satire on American collapse, showing well in the characters of morals and principles being the guidelines rather than strict rules. Makes sense as to why the characters were crazy anyway. There was so many immoral actions shown in "The Great Gatsby" which is funny since the place they lived was a nation of opportunity. This goes along as to explaining why the characters had developed the way they did and the actions that they committed whether it be adultery or anger that affected the future of not just Gatsby but everybody else. "The giant eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg kept their vigil, but I perceived, after a moment, that other eyes were regarding us with peculiar intensity from less than twenty feet away." (Fitzgerald 125). The eyes pop up throughout the book multiple times in representation of a God like figure. Overall the symbol of these eyes mean that it is God watching over the poor and looking and appreciating their hard work, vs you see the rich people living and East Egg drinking, partying, and having fun not giving a worry about the people who are putting their backs into the work around them. Obviously the characters in East Egg are seen as selfish which makes a huge impact in how not only how they present themselves but how they are in their actions. If Gatsby had never leaved in the first place then Daisy wouldn't have wanted to marry Tom, then when Gatsby came back for Daisy she most likely would've been with her in the end, but who knows? Since every small act that each character had done made a impact on the future itself.
Family therapists hesitate to use the word immature, but many suggest that people in their early 20's do not have well-developed identities and often lack the skills that could help them resolve problems. In general, young couples are ''emotionally not at the stage to be able to understand themselves,'' said Ms. Gordon. ''They're often unable to talk about conflicts non-destructively, without either withdrawing or lashing out.'' Divorces were not known as common during the 1920's, which was specifically shown in "The Great Gatsby" through Daisy's relationship with Tom. In the book it was mentioned multiple times how Daisy was young and immature especially towards the end of the book when talking about her relationship with Gatsby and Tom. This explains part of the reason of Daisy's immaturity but Daisy didn't have to stay with Tom necessarily now that she had someone to keep truly love her, Gatsby. If she had divorced Tom the would've been a totally different outcome in the story, who know, Gatsby might've even lived.
"Your little brother never tells you but he loves you so You said your mother only smiled on her tv show You're only happy when your sorry head is filled with dope I hope you make it to the day you're twenty-eight years old You're dripping like a saturated sunrise You're spilling like an overflowing sink You're ripped at every edge but you're a masterpiece And now i'm tearing through the pages and the ink" The first verse of "Colors" by Halsey begins to talk about the insecurities a person may have, never knowing the love of your brother, never knowing the love of your mother and only seeing it in something other than you, and talking about how now the only happiness is found in drugs. These insecurities represent well in any main/side characters of " The Great Gatsby". Even Nick, who seems to be a steadfast character in his emotions. Each and every character is insecure about something of themselves, whether it be their social standing, their family, themselves, or just how others view them in general. This causes most of the problems because each of the characters insecurities are projected out into activities. "You're dripping like a saturated sunrise You're spilling like an overflowing sink You're ripped at every edge but you're a masterpiece And now i'm tearing through the pages and the ink" The meaning of this song is when you love someone who can never be attained. Basically like Romeo and Juliet. This goes well with Daisy and how she loved Gatsby but never could attain that real love since she herself had been so clouded with money and status, that she had given up on a man who she wouldn't see again. If she had never been so concerned with her status at that point in time, and never gave up hope, Daisy and Gatsby would be together without having to worry about Tom, and Gatsby having to worry about living up to the expectations of Daisy.
"Get down with the victim We both know you need them You’re stuck in the middle Of all irrelevance And your heart is beating 'Cause you know that you gotta Get out of the middle And rise to the top now When you’ve made it Won’t ya tell me what to do 'Cause I’m playin' it all wrong When you made it, when you made it Won’t ya tell me what to do 'Cause I’m playin' it all wrong You can’t fight the friction So ease it off Can’t take the pressure So ease it off Don’t tell me to be strong Ease it off You can’t fight the friction So ease it off" The first verse begins to talk about how you need to understand the victim in order to understand not just how you feel but how the victim might feel as well. Next it begins to talk about how one may feel when you're stuck and unable to move from where you are at, trying to push past everything that holds you down whether it be a self problem or/and a societal problem. This first verse explains very well how Gatsby feels when trying to reach to societies expectations, but more so Daisy's expectations of a perfect rich man. This can also explain the love Gatsby feels for Daisy, trying to achieve the goal of a perfect girl leading him to love in the wrong way. This goes perfectly with the second verse, "When you’ve made it Won’t ya tell me what to do 'Cause I’m playin' it all wrong" Gatsby has mistaken his longing feeling of affection to Daisy for real love when he sees her and knows her again. More than Gatsby, Daisy is the one who falls trap to this. Unsure of her feelings anymore she flies to Gatsby in a heartbeat. The lyrics describe how when "you", the audience or in this situation someone who might've been through this love, "Won't ya tell me what to do", how to truly love? "Cause I'm playin' it all wrong" Daisy might realize this herself that she isn't truly in love with Gatsby but is trying to find a way to fulfill her desire, but money overcomes her. "You can’t fight the friction So ease it off Can’t take the pressure So ease it off Don’t tell me to be strong Ease it off You can’t fight the friction So ease it off" The "friction" represented in Great Gatsby, specifically towards Daisy is how she is so overwhelmed by the fact of societies norms and expectations put on towards this young female that it changed her. Even Gatsby realizes the change in her. She can't fight this "friction" so she eases it off through her rebellious actions of loving Gatsby. By making the small decision of choosing to be rebellious and stay in a mindset of what society pushed her to be she had stayed with Tom causing the overall big death of Gatsby. Truly tragic.
"Help me polarize, help me polarize, help me down Those stairs is where I'll be hiding all my problems Help me polarize, help me polarize, help me out My friends and I, we got a lot of problems Polarize is taking your disguises Separating 'em, splitting 'em up from wrong and right It's deciding where to die and deciding where to fight Deny, deny, denial I wanted to be a better brother, better son Wanted to be a better adversary to the evil I have done I have none to show to the one I love But deny, deny, denial, oh" The definition of polarize is to divide or cause to divide into two sharply contrasting groups or sets of opinions or beliefs. Polarize defined in psychological terms, refers to the tendency for a group to make decisions that are more extreme than the initial inclination of its members. In this song both definitions apply to the lyrics as well as "The Great Gatsby". During the first verse Tyler Joseph, the lead singer of Twenty One Pilots sings "Those stairs is where I'll be hiding all my problems, Help me polarize... Help me out, My friends and I, we got a lot of problems." In the Great Gatsby the character Jay Gatsby throughout the entire book hides much about himself into the character of Jay, not James, his real name.Gatsby turns into this rich man who owns a lot of money and has a big palace searching for his perfect girl. "His parents were shiftless and unsuccessful farm people- his imagination had never really accepted them as his parents at all." (Fitzgerald 98) James on the other hand is an imperfect child of a farmer whom nobody knows his name. The irony between both is that nobody in the end knew James or Jay. "Polarize is taking you disguises Separating 'em, splitting 'em up from wrong and right It's deciding where to die and deciding where to fight Deny, deny, denial." To decipher these lyrics in an opinionated form, Tyler Joseph is talking about how people take their self identity or mask of themselves and find the good and bad of who they are. So in situations they can self righteously defend themselves or tear themselves apart about who they are, finally denying the face of their imperfections. Daisy can be a great example of this because when represented in the book multiple times her colors are associated with white and gold. She is the innocent and rich girl of any mans dreams, but in reality under her disguise is the corrupt gold digging, insecure Daisy Buchanan. Gatsby fell for the disguise of her tricks, hoping to see the past Daisy whom he loved. "I wanted to be a better brother, better son Wanted to be a better adversary to the evil I have done I have none to show to the one I love But deny, deny, denial, oh" Looking back on the past memories wishing to be someone better than who someone may be now. The entire verse talks about one's regrets and things wishing to be changed. Gatsby specifically never truly accepted himself, and most of the problem of wanting to go back to Daisy was because he lived in the past itself. These parts of Gatsby's personality, specifically his regrets and past living affected the actions he had committed in loving Daisy purely for her past self, holding on to that hope, causing his inevitable death. By making the small decision of staying in the past it caused Daisy to be pulled into Gatsby's fantasies causing Daisy to push him away and Gatsby to be once again alone.
Many characters in The Great Gatsby are mostly selfish, thrill seeking, if not that they are full of imperfections that drive them to make the moral decisions of what is right and wrong. These decisions in the end cause the futures a character receives, also known as The Butterfly Effect. One of the most representative characters of The Butterfly Effect would have to go to Daisy. Described as both an warm, feverish, thrilling, intoxicating, enchantress, and the hopes and dreams of any man, Daisy Buchanan is the American dream, the enchanted object, and the green light of of money, drawing them closer to her like a moth to a flame. "Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther.... And then one fine morning—So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." (Fitzgerald 180). Daisy is a very careless character which effects the way she makes her decisions. Especially when choosing to stay with Tom. By staying with Tom she had in the long run ruined the future of her own child, killed Gatsby in a way, somehow managed to ruin Nick's life, and letting Tom get away with the horrible decisions he makes himself. Specifically towards Gatsby in the end he had tried so hard to fight to go to the past but it was too late. I think part of him fighting was the fact of Daisy just being indecisive. "While the love between the young Gatsby and the teenaged Daisy seems innocent and true, by the end of the book, it’s tawdry and ruined. Stained by blood, stained by adultery, stained by her equivocations and his shady lies."