Sometimes Those Who Wander Really Are Lost

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Imagine trying to return to a normal lifestyle after your days were filled with news of terrible violence, destruction, and the deaths of your friends and families. Hearing the stories or experiencing yourself, the horrors of war can never be forgotten. The tragedies that come with mass destruction are not easily to recover from physically, emotionally, or mentally. After living through days where disaster had been an everyday norm, your perception of the world is susceptible to changing. This is exactly what happened with a group known as “The Lost Generation.” After World War I ended, there was a gap of adjustment where people were trying to return to normal life. They reevaluated the way they viewed the world and where they stood in regards to their beliefs, spirituality, and patriotism.This disparity and the yearning for their desires, which are out of their control, is seen in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. The characters in The Great Gatsby are searching and waiting for the visions they have created in their mind to come true. The question that presents itself is: after all the measures the characters go to achieve their dreams, do they ever find what they were looking for? While that they be subjective, the Great Gatsby some very compelling evidence in regards to that question.
The Lost Generation was often inclined to feeling as if everything was out of their control and in this loss, they were desperately trying to regain control. The Buchanans were products of this idea.Tom especially,as he took this sense of control to the extremes by adopting a very domineering attitude. This control was seen when he demands that Daisy had and always will love him. In The Great Gatsby, Tom exclaimed, "I can't speak about what happened five years ago, because I didn't know Daisy then--and I'll be damned if I see how you got within a mile of her unless you brought the groceries to the back door. But all the rest of that's a God damned lie. Daisy loved me when she married me and she loves me now."( The Great Gatsby 138 ) He is not even questioning that Daisy is completely devoted to him, he thinks that without a doubt that she is in love with him. Before Gatsby had came around, Tom’s life was smooth sailing. He had a mistress that engaged in many careless activities with, not any ventures that he would take a real lady on. After he had his fun, he still had his devoted wife to return home to every night. He refuses to believe that this perfect, ideal lifestyle he desperately needs was coming to an end. The other partner of the marriage, Daisy Buchanan, had always been deprived of control of her life and had dreams she knew were never realistic. She loved and wanted to marry Gatsby as a young woman, but was unable to as he did not have the means to support her or her lifestyle. In order to cope with this and save herself she marries Tom. He was more successful and established than Gatsby. This was not an easily made decision and Daisy showed...

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