It was a critique of 1920s high society based in a love story. Daisy Buchanan is torn between her arrogant, old money husband, Tom Buchanan, and the new money millionaire, Jay Gatsby. Each of the characters reflects the theme of the time period. Tom Buchanan is a millionaire concerned with his social status. Jay Gatsby has a very questionable past. Daisy Buchanan is shallow and can't decide between true love with Gatsby or maintaining appearances with her husband. The whole story is set in the backdrop of the 1920s, which is portrayed as an aimless era of juvenile partying, flamboyance, and socialising.