Betrayal In Gone Girl

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According to the Oxford Dictionary, betrayal means “Be gravely disloyal to”; Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn exhibits this multiple times throughout the novel. Disloyalties include the rejection of a personality that later leads to a framed murder; later on, the list is extended to include a cheating spouse. In addition to these, there is a usage of a child’s image to make a book series that shares the expectations of parents’ said child to the public; this book series later on becomes the driving force of this minor’s unhappiness and discontent.

One of the main betrayals is Nick’s rejection of Amy’s true self. In the beginning of the relationship, Amy and Nick show each other best of their personalities and only present the good parts of their
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Although Desi is a crazy maniac whose desire is to imprison and force her into loving her, she did murder him and frame her “kidnapping” on him. This affair can be described as a betrayal even though Desi had ill intentions for her. He was a crazed maniac who is dangerously obsessed with Amy. As an illustration of the insanity of Desi, Amy tells us “I am almost my normal weight again, and my hair is growing out. I wear it back in a headband he brought me, and I have colored it back to my blond, thanks to hair dye he also brought me: ‘I think you will feel better about yourself when you start looking more like yourself, sweetheart,’ he says. Yes, it’s all about my well-being, not the fact that he wants me to look exactly like I did before. Amy circa 1987”. This is due to the fact that Amy and Desi were in a high school relationship at a private boarding school. When Nick informs us about the existence of Desi, he mentions “"He talked as if they were engaged, he knew the number and gender of their children” (126 Flynn) when speaking of the unhealthy relationship. Later on, when Amy is robbed in the Ozarks and requires assistance, she calls Desi knowing that he is still consumed by the idea of her. Desi is the ultimate insane lover and this becomes increasingly clear after he refuses to let Amy leave the house for almost a month; coupled with the fact that he's…show more content…
The mere fact that her parents, who are also child psychologists, would use Amy’s childhood as a template for a book and to project their expectations of her through the book. This is shown by Amy’s commentary “My parents have always worried that I’d take Amy too personally – they always tell me not to read too much into her. And yet I can’t fail to notice that whenever I screw something up, Amy does it right: When I finally quit violin at age twelve, Amy was revealed as a prodigy in the next book. (‘Sheesh, violin can be hard work, but hard work is the only way to get better!’) When I blew off the junior tennis championship at age sixteen to do a beach weekend with friends, Amy recommitted to the game. (‘Sheesh, I know it’s fun to spend time with friends, but I’d be letting myself and everyone else down if I didn’t show up for the tournament.’) This used to drive me mad, but after I went off to Harvard (and Amy correctly chose my parents’ alma mater), I decided it was all too ridiculous to think about. That my parents, two child psychologists, chose this particular public form of passive-aggressiveness toward their child was not just fucked up but also stupid and weird and kind of hilarious. So be it.” (47 Flynn) This quote clearly demonstrates Amy’s discontent or rather hatred towards her parent’s use of her childhood. In addition to the previous
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