As the story opens, Nick has just moved from the Midwest to West Egg, Long Island, seeking his fortune as a bond salesman. Shortly after his arrival, Nick travels across the Sound to the more fashionable East Egg to visit his cousin Daisy Buchanan and her husband, Tom, a hulking, imposing man whom Nick had known in college. There he meets professional golfer Jordan Baker. When Nick returns home that evening, he notices his neighbor, Gatsby, mysteriously standing in the dark and stretching his arms toward the water, and a solitary green light across the Sound. One day, Nick is invited to accompany Tom, a blatant adulterer, to meet his mistress, Myrtle Wilson, a middle-class woman whose husband runs a modest garage and gas station in the valley of ashes, a desolate and run-down section of town that marks the convergence of the city and the suburbs.

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Betrayal in F. Betrayal plays a significant role in F. Tom betrays his wife Daisy when he has an affair with a woman named Myrtle. The second betrayal is Gatsby betraying himself. Jay Gatsby could have easily been a very successful man and could have done a lot of great things with his life. He instead wasted all his potential chasing after Daisy and trying to get her to notice him.

Daisy led Gatsby to believe that she loved him and not her husband Tom. Daisy then turned her back on Gatsby and ran back to her husband leaving Gatsby alone. Tom betrays Daisy by ignoring the sanctity of their marriage and having an affair. He has an affair with a woman named Myrtle who is also married. Not only is this very unethical but, it destroys everything Tom and Daisy built together. They have a child together and this affair could potentially tear their family apart. This betrayal affected the outcome of the story in a big way.

Daisy, like her husband, has an affair but, she cheats on Tom with Gatsby. She slowly starts to lose faith in humanity and starts to see the world as a very bad place.

She wishes for her daughter to not see the world for what it is. Daisy hopes that her daughter will be naive and clueless and to see the world as a happy place instead of the reality where the world is a cruel. It caused Daisy to change her whole outlook on life and impacted her in a very negative way. Growing up Jay Gatsby always tried his best to become a better man. Gatsby had many hopes and dreams and had planned out ways he could become a better person. Gatsby was capable of great things, but wasted his potential chasing foolish dreams.

His dream was to be with the girl he loves the most and that girl is Daisy. Every wrong choice Gatsby made was made in the intentions of impressing Daisy. He was a bootlegger, and he would throw extravagant parties using the bootlegged booze hoping for Daisy to be impressed. Gatsby wanted nothing more than to turn back time to when he and Daisy were in love.

He wasted his life chasing Daisy and only cheated himself. He was always great for that. Daisy always knew how Gatsby felt about her but, never took an interest to him. Her feelings for him began to change for him when she saw his immense wealth. Daisy led Gatsby to believe she loved him again and that they would be together forever.

Although when Tom confronted Gatsby about the affair, the truth came out. Gatsby accused Daisy of never loving Tom but Daisy admitted that this was not true. He was under the impression that Daisy loved him all along and never Tom.

After this incident Daisy ignored Gatsby and no longer came to visit. She betrayed him by completely cutting him out of her life. Daisy also betrayed Gatsby by never admitting to Tom that she was the one that hit Myrtle with the car. The effect of this betrayal was that all the blame fell on Gatsby.

Wilson, demanded revenge and this caused him to kill Gatsby. Daisy never cared enough to ever admit to what she did even after he had died.


Betrayal in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

Well, she was less than an hour old and Tom was God knows where. I woke up out of the ether with an utterly abandoned feeling, and asked the nurse right away if it was a boy or a girl. She told me it was a girl, and so I turned my head away and wept. And that poor little girl, born alone into a lonely world.


The Great Gatsby Summary

Buy Study Guide While The Great Gatsby is a highly specific portrait of American society during the Roaring Twenties, its story is also one that has been told hundreds of times, and is perhaps as old as America itself: a man claws his way from rags to riches, only to find that his wealth cannot afford him the privileges enjoyed by those born into the upper class. The central character is Jay Gatsby, a wealthy New Yorker of indeterminate occupation. Gatsby is primarily known for the lavish parties he throws each weekend at his ostentatious Gothic mansion in West Egg. He is suspected of being involved in illegal bootlegging and other underworld activities. Nick is a young man from a prominent Midwestern family. Educated at Yale, he has come to New York to enter the bond business. For the most part, he plays only a peripheral role in the events of the novel; he prefers to remain a passive observer.

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