This is a warning because this paragraph might include some *SPOILERSSS*
The website I used to make this book cover is Canva.com
A quick summary of The Great Gatsby: https://www.britannica.com/topic/The-Great-Gatsby
I read The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and created a book cover themed around the thwarted love triangle between Tom Buchanan, Daisy Buchanan, and Jay Gatsby. The relationship at the core of The Great Gatsby is, of course, Gatsby and Daisy, or more specifically, Gatsby’s tragic love/obsession of Daisy, a love that drives the novel’s plot.
Five years before the start of this novel, Jay Gatsby (who learned from Dan Cody how to act like a wealthy person) was stationed in Louisville before going to fight in World War One. In Louisville, he meets Daisy Fay, a beautiful young heiress, who took him for someone of her social class. Gatsby maintained the lie he told her, which allowed their relationship to keep going.
Gatsby falls in love with Daisy and the wealth she had represented, and she with him (though not to the same extent), but he had to leave for war, and by the time he returned in 1919, Daisy had married Tom Buchanan.
Determined to get Daisy back, Gatsby falls in with Meyer Wolfshiem, a gangster, and gets into bootlegging and other criminal activities to make enough money to be able to provide for her finally. By the beginning of this novel, he is ready to try and win her back, ignoring the fact she has been married to Tom for three years and has a child.
In my book cover, I mainly focused on the love that is pulling Daisy in two directions, Tom or Gatsby. I used this problematic decision by drawing a woman ( Daisy ) and a man. The reason I did not specify who the man is, is that I decided to keep it a mystery, the man could be Gatsby or Tom because of this decision Daisy has to make in the book. I also decided to add the quote “There are all kinds of love in this world, but never the same love twice” to show how in the beginning, Gatsby, and Daisy had a special kind of love, but after Gatsby had to leave for war, Daisy had already moved on.
Tom Buchanan is seen as having a strong presence. He was a great athlete at Yale and is restless after his years of playing there, “…had been one of the most powerful ends that ever played football at New Haven-a national figure in a way, one of those men who reach such an acute limited excellence at twenty-one that everything afterward savors of anti-climax” (page 10). Tom seems cocky and seems to believe that he can have anything that he wants. Even though he has a wife and a child, he has no problem with having a mistress on the side, and it does not matter that others, including his wife, know about it. Also, Tom is incredibly self-absorbed and cares only about his desires. Tom was what Daisy’s family considered being suitable for their daughter. Along with his money, that is mainly why she married him.
Jay Gatsby has a seemingly more simple presence than Tom and acts more like a child with a desire for approval. Gatsby stays hidden at his parties and remains mysterious to his party guests. Jay grew up poor in North Dakota and reinvented himself into the person that Nick meets because he has never been satisfied with his life. Unlike Tom, Gatsby does everything with his true love, Daisy, in mind.
“I never loved him,” she said, with perceptible reluctance.
“Not at Kapiolani?” demanded Tom suddenly.
“No.” (page 108)
Throughout the novel, both Tom and Daisy enter and continue affairs, pulling away from each other instead of confronting the problems their marriage holds. However, Gatsby forces Tom and Daisy to confront their feelings in the Plaza Hotel when he demands that Daisy say she never loved Tom. She gets the words out, and then immediately rescinds them – “I made love [Tom] once, but I loved you too!” – when Tom questions her. Here, Tom – usually presented as cocky, indecorous, and unkind – breaks down, speaking with “husky tenderness” and remembering some of the few happy moments in his and Daisy’s marriage. This is a crucial moment because it shows despite the dysfunction of their marriage, Tom and Daisy seem to both seek comfort in happy early memories. Between those few memories and the fact that they both come from the same social class, their marriage ends up with multiple affairs.
Since this story might be complicated for some, and just a wonderful logical tale for others, I tried to make my book cover as simple as possible so that everyone could most likely understand the main concepts of this book.
Indecorous – Impolite, Improper
Bootlegging – illegally selling alcohol and other goods