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The 8 Most Messed-Up Relationships in Literature

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Daisy and Gatsby from 'The Great Gatsby'

There is this common misconception going around that Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan are two people who should be dating each other. Look, I don’t want to be that person, but we have to face facts: this relationship was never going to work. 

Jay spends approximately all of the novel obsessing over Daisy; Daisy spends a solid one-third of the novel being blissfully unaware that Gatsby is even alive. Setting aside the fact that Daisy is too cautious and materialistic to ever give up her life as a well-to-do Southern belle, Gatsby has placed Daisy on a pedestal so high up it’s ridiculous. Nick says it himself—poor Daisy will never be able to measure up. “There must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams,” says Nick, “not through her own fault, but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion. It had gone beyond her, beyond everything.” 

All of which is to say that Gatsby and Daisy are “relationship goals” about as much as a slice of bread with a pepperoni or two is a pizza.

Topics: Books
Tags: harry potter, twilight, relationships, wuthering heights, books we love, the great gatsby, classic literature, literary couples, macbeth, a midsummer night's dream, unhealthy relationships, toxic relationships, fictional relationships, the opposite of relationship goals

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