The Book of Philosophy

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The Book of Philosophy




"In literature as in life, romance can be both a great driving force and a foolish obsession." What does this mean to you and do you agree with it?
"In literature as in life, romance can be both a great driving force and a foolish obsession." In life, there are people who do crazy things for love. Similarly in literature such as "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald, it can be seen how romance can be a great driving force and a foolish obsession through the character Jay Gatsby. Romance is indeed a great driving force and also a foolish obsession in retrospection. As a reader, we see Gatsby as foolish but pursuing Daisy is all that matter to him.
Gatsby is man who lives in a mansion in West Egg, Long Island, right next to the narrator, Nick Carraway. Gatsby loves Daisy. Daisy is Nick’s second cousin, and also happens to be married to Tom Buchanan. Gatsby and Daisy were together before the great war. But when Gatsby was drafted, Daisy married Tom because he had money. Gatsby comes back from the war and he becomes rich. He hadn’t seen Daisy for about five years.. He loves Daisy so much, that he has to win her back. The only way to do that is through money. He had to make a lot of it and he had to make it fast. It took him three years to become rich through crime. He then took that money to buy a house directly across Daisy’s house. Right across it, is the green light from her house shining into Gatsby house. Gatsby throws a...