Love Theme in The Great Gatsby

Relationships in Great Gatsby are not “loving” in the least, and tend to be more motivated by money than true love. Tom’s relationship with Myrtle is about sex, while Tom gives Myrtle the money that her husband cannot provide. Gatsby does not love Daisy, but is in love with his dream version of Daisy. In a similar manner, Daisy does not love Gatsby, but loves the material wealth that he provides. Nick’s relationship with Jordan is also somewhat estranged from true love. They simply get along with each other since they come from similar backgrounds.

Great Gatsby Quotes about love

“He wanted nothing less of Daisy that that she should go to Tom and say: ‘I never loved you’” (page 116).

“’Your wife doesn’t love you,’ said Gatsby quietly. ‘She’s never loved you. She loves me.’” (Page 137).

“’She never loved you, do you hear?’ he cried. “She only married you because I was poor and she was tired of waiting for me. It was a terrible mistake, but in her heart she never loved anyone except me’” (page 137).

Tom replies “I love Daisy too. Once in a while I go off on a spree and make a fool of myself, but I always come back, and in my heart I love her all the time.” (page 138).

Gatsby tells Daisy to “Just tell him the truth – that you never loved him – and it’s all wiped out forever” (page 139).

“Of course she might have loved him, just for a minute, when they were first married – and loved me more even then, do you see” (page 159).