In the novel “The Great Gatsby”, Daisy Buchanan was faced with an enormous decision. She had to choose between Tom; her husband and Jay Gatsby; her lover.Gatsby seemed to be the ideal man of his time.Fabulously wealthy, handsome, charismatic and intriguing, he seemed to be able to offer everything a woman could want.All he wanted in return was Daisy's complete unconditional love.Tom, on the other hand could offer Daisy money, security and freedom.Ultimately Daisy chose the latter.
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The roaring 20's was an era of total decadence.Thefirst World War had ended and industry was booming.People were becoming millionairesovernight.There seemed to be no end in sight to the prosperity.Although people were becoming rich quickly, old money provided more privilege than new money.
Tom Buchanan came from old money.He was a Westerner who was renowned in college for both his football skills and his supremely decadent lifestyle.The narrator states “His family were enormously wealthy, even in college his freedom with money was a matter for reproach-but now he'd left Chicago and come East in a fashion that rather took your breath away: for instance, he brought down a string of polo ponies from Lake Forest.” Daisy chose to marry Tom because of his wealth and power.Fitzgerald writes “There was a wholesome bulkiness about his person and his position and Daisy was flattered.” He could offer Daisy prestige in addition to all the old money one could dream of.Gatsby had made his money by illegal means.He was a nobody from nowhere and although he was rich beyond belief, he was one of the hundreds of nouveau riche who lacked the cache of the old money set.Although Gatsby could offer Daisy romance, love, excitement and intrigue, her need for security freedom and money made her eventually choose Tom.
In terms of security, Tom could offer much more than G…