Quote, Unquote: The Carelessness of People Like Tom and Daisy

Growing up, The Great Gatsby was one of my favorite books even though it was a piece of literature a lot of my peers found incredibly boring and drab. I’m not sure what I liked so much about it as a teenager, but today I find the writing ever relevant to these relationships we find ourselves in. There’s a particular quote that sticks out to me in Fitzgerald’s novel, and it’s the one about the insensitivity and thoughtlessness of individuals like Tom and Daisy. Remember those two? Never cared for anyone but themselves. The two of them were manipulative in every choice they made, and it was simply, not fair the way they were.

“They were careless people, Tom and Daisy—they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.”

This quote signifies that Nick, in all his observations, understands the true spirits of these two people. They are not people to admire or envy at all. They’re simply spoiled individuals who are careless and self-centered, working for their own needs and haven’t a care in the world and for others unless it concerns them directly. They do what they please and act for themselves and if something goes wrong in their life, they simply (and quickly) re-group and walk away. Together. They leave the mess for someone to deal with. In all its meaning, the two are meant for each other in the ugliest way.



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