Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Unrequited Love

Unrequited love is love that is not reciprocated, even though reciprocation is usually deeply desired. The beloved may not even be aware of this person's deep feelings for them. This can lead to feelings such as depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, and rapid mood swings between depression and euphoria. Being such a universal feeling, it has naturally been a frequent subject in popular culture.

F. Scott Fitzgerald offers his ideas on unrequited love in The Great Gatsby, wherein the main character Jay Gatsby builds wealth through alcohol smuggling during prohibition to try and lure back his one time lover Daisy Buchanan. He wastes his youth throwing lavish parties at his house in the hope that one day she will attend. This is an example of how a person can build their whole life around someone who cares little or not at all for them. However her shallowness, while allowing physical consummation, does not provide the emotional security that Gatsby is seeking.

Gatsby fell in love with Daisy at first, but after he considered other factors which would affect Daisy’s future, he decided to give up the relationship between them. This kind of love is the highest level of love within human kind: it is about giving, not having.



Blondie said...

Good post. I really like your pictures and the way you related to the novel. 75/75

Ms. Donahue