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The Great Gatsby Vs. Hamlet Essay

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Throughout history, the media has shown many different sides of love. Weather it be peaceful, violent, dangerous, beautiful, almost all forms of the media have shown love in some way. In the novel The Great Gatsby, love is shown between many different characters in different ways. The reader experiences love at its best and worst. We see relationships flourish, rekindle and end between the different characters. The most controversial relationship is the relationship between Daisy and Tom. Through infidelity, and mistrust, tragedy occurs. Other characters become associated with their marital problems, showing different kinds of love and relationships. In the play Hamlet, the reader also ...view middle of the document...

Tom and Nick go to New York City where they meet Tom’s Mistress Myrtle, and go have a party at Tom’s apartment. Tom’s true colours show, because of his dominance over Myrtle. When Myrtle taunts Tom by mentioning Daisy’s name, Tom hits her, and breaks her nose. Tom’s relationship with Myrtle appears to be fuelled by his sexual needs and his need to have extreme power, not for love. Tom and Myrtle’s affair affects Myrtle’s relationship with her husband George Wilson, who genuinely loves and cares for his wife. Myrtle’s husband is not as wealthy as Tom, and it seems as though Myrtle began a relationship with Tom to live in the overindulgent life that Tom lives. George genuinely loved Myrtle, so she was not searching for love. We learn in chapter IV that before Daisy and Tom got married, Daisy was in a relationship with Gatsby. She had promised Gatsby that she would wait for him until he came back from war. Daisy has a need to be loved, so she decided to marry Tom, who was wealthy and powerful. Jordan tells Nick this, and she also tells Nick that Gatsby is still in love with Daisy. In chapter V, Gatsby than asks Nick if he can have both him and Daisy for tea, so that he can see her again. Nick agrees, and the two meet. After they meet and are alone for a while, they seem to be smitten with each other. Daisy seems to be looking for love because she is aware of her husband’s infidelities. Gatsby seems to be looking to realise his dream of having a relationship with Daisy again. It is no surprise that the characters are looking for superficial love and wealth. This book was set in the 1920’s which were known as the “roaring twenties”. This decade is described as “one of the most colourful decades in American history” because of a large industrial boom, which drastically improved the lifestyles of many Americans. 1 The reader can also experience the lifestyle that the characters lived through the description of the neighbourhood. “I lived at West Egg, the – well, the less fashionable of the two, though this is a most superficial tag to express the bizarre and not a little sinister contrast between them.” page 10 2 In Hamlet, there is also unreal love and wealth, and also power that affects relationships. Both pieces of literature express the same theme of love and corruption.In the play Hamlet, the relationships between the different characters were destroyed because of Hamlet’s frustrations and other characters suspicions. Hamlet and Ophelia once had a very passionate love affair. Ophelia’s father Polonius and brother Laertes did not agree with their relationship. Laertes told Ophelia that she could not have a relationship with Hamlet because “For Hamlet and the trifling of his favour, Hold it a fashion and a toy in blood, A violet in the youth of primy nature, Forward, not permanent, sweet, not lasting, The perfume and suppliance of a minute; No...

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