.. inted matter. It fooled me. This fellas a regular Belasco.” He doesnt even know the man, “I was brought by a woman named Roosevelt. Ive been drunk for about a week now.” (50) He doesnt know Gatsby, but he likes him none the less based on his shallow values.
Owl Eyes is a common man in this society and his words give us insight to these people. They dont care whos house they party at, they are wild, unbridled, and reckless people who are living their lives for fun. This is how Gatsby had it planned. He hopes from the very first party that Daisy would be one of the people stumbling to his front door, she would see him, fall in love again, and she would be his in every sense, just like it should have happened. In a sense hes trying to bring the glow of the East Egg over to the West.
It is not only Daisy who has this green light, most all the people that live on East Egg do as well. They go-go-go, and never look back. Theyre going too fast, there is no way that this can last; hence the number of wrecks and collisions in this book. When Owl Eyes crashes his car, they ask him how it happened, “Dont ask me, I know very little about driving-next to nothing,” (59) is how he replies. They dont ever realize that they could learn from their actions.
They do something, it happens, and they say, “At first I din notice wed stopped.” (60) Then they gear up and go-go-go some more. Its very easy for these people to put the blame somewhere else, and if they cant think of a reason this doesnt seem to bother them. Daisy kills a lady, sees her lover killed, and then takes a vacation to reset and we can only assume that it will continue. Daisys light will continue to shine, constantly interrupting the lives of the people she comes across. Daisy in is a situation that is comfortable for her.
She has security, a family, and no real worries. It is her way of being a “beautiful little fool” (21) that allows her this freedom. Tom goes out with other women, abuses Daisy, and she doesnt do a thing about it. Daisy has her green light shining, and it is accomplished by being a fool. She doesnt seem to register that this is an unhealthy marriage, all she lives for is her easy, lethargic way of life. When things get rough, all she has to do is hide in the shadow of her “great big hulking specimen” (16) of a husband, Tom.
When Daisy hits Myrtle she runs back to Tom and everything straightens itself out, and even when they were in Chicago we were made to believe that something of this sort might have happened before when Daisy says to Tom, “Youre revolting, do you know why we left Chicago? Im suprised they didnt treat you to the story of that little spree.” (139) It seems Daisys light will always be shining, drawing people into the tangled marriage of her and Tom. Gatsby in some way knows Daisy is materialistic. He tells Nick, “Her voice is full of money.” Nick agrees and writes, “It was full of money-that was the inexhaustible charm that rose and fell in it, the jingle of it, the cymbals song of it..High in a white palace the kings daughter, the golden girl.”(127) He has worked to where hes at just so he could show Daisy how much money he has and it helps him a lot. Daisy, after touring the mansion starts to cry, “It makes me sad because Ive never seen such-such beautiful shirts before.” (98) He has finally shown her what he has and what he can give her, and Daisy decides that she will make her move in the chess game that her and her husband seem to be playing by having an affair as well. It seems to me that in some sense that to the Buchanans Gatsby and Myrtle are mere playthings, there for their personal entertainment.
Im sure that the green light did not shine only for Gatsby, Myrtle was no doubt caught by this beacon in Tom. To Myrtle Tom glows, he stinks of the fact that she hopes Tom will be her knight in shining armor. Myrtle hopes to marry Tom, and shes sure that he would, except, “(Daisys) a Catholic and they dont believe in divorce.” (38). All Tom wants is to live vicariously, he cares practically nothing about Myrtle when compared to the way she feels about him. To her hes the answer and not even abuse will drive her away.
Myrtle, in search of her”one fine morning” finds only death, resembling Gatsby. She is mesmerized by Toms empty promises, similar to Daisy and Jays relationship. Gatsby is hypnotized by Daisys light as well. He hadnt seen or talked to Daisy since the day he left Louisville. All he has is the idea of Daisy. This idea that he has that she is the most perfect, best woman in the world is somehow pinnacled in the green light. On page 25, “he stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way, and far as I was from him I could have sworn he was trembling.” Gatsby is entranced by this green light because it symbolizes Daisy. All he has is knowing that she is over there somewhere because the light at the end of her dock is shining.
He doesnt know her situation, if shes still the same person he fell in love with, or even if she would talk to him. The only thing he knows is that shes there and he still loves her. Gatsby and Myrtle both try to break into the closed, old-money society of the East Egg. They dont realize that some dreams, no-matter how you try, come true. America was based on the dream that anything can come true and Gatsby swallows this idea whole. In the end he went to far and it meant his demise.