The disaster of human relationships is heavily present in the novel and the play in romantic relationships. The romantic relationships of Daisy and Jay in the novel and Hamlet and Ophelia in the play exhibit the destructive effects of obsession. Obsession is a damaging aspect in Daisy and Jay’s relationship and by the end of the novel, Jay’s obsession with Daisy admitting she never loved Tom causes hurt to both Jay and Daisy. Daisy feels overwhelmed, “‘I won’t stand this!’ cried Daisy.
Then to see another similarity would be to look into the envy of power and tragedies within, Othello and Richard II. Iago thinks, Othello granted Cassio a lieutenant position he deserved and he feels both betray him with his wife. He sits out for revenge of all with his jealous envy and ultimately ends the play in multiple tragic deaths.
Othello is presented as a respectful and honorable prince loved by all, but unexpectedly he grows an enemy, Iago. Iago vows to get vengeance on Othello because Othello made Cassio his lieutenant instead of Iago. Iago then takes control of fate in the play as he diabolically invents a plan to manipulate Othello into believing that Desdeomona was having an affair with Cassio. Furthermore, Othello’s tragic flaw was that he was gullible, therefore eventhough Othello was infatuated with Desdemona he chose to believe in Iago’s lies about Desdemona’s “affair”. For example, throughout the entire play, Othello committed irrational actions voluntarily because he was overtaken by jealousy that Iago developed with lies.
Fitzgerald encountered this in his own life. He conveys the irony of the parties and elaborate lifestyles through the novel. F. Scott Fitzgerald encompasses the reality of the roaring twenties by dramatizing the lack of morals, exposing the careless mindset of the wealthy, and revealing the distorted illusion of happiness. The traditional values and virtues of the previous eras have been replaced with amorality and fornication.
Candide's carelessness can also come from his love for Cunegonde, his lover. The reader may assume that Candide’s love for Cunegonde blinds his judgement and results irresponsible and inattentive behavior. “When a man is in love, is jealous, and has been flogged by the Inquisition, he becomes lost to all reflection” (Voltaire pg 22). What Voltaire was trying to say was that a man is not himself when he is in love or is jealous. All Candide wants is to return to his lover so he would do anything to see her again.
Okay, so Benedick explains that in the beginning he was a man who was critical of women and thought they would always cheat on their husbands. Yeah, this was the reason why he would only marry the ideal woman who possessed qualities such as being rich, virtuous, wise, fair, mild, noble, a good conversationalist, and a musician. But now, he seems to regret his old views he held about women saying, “If you lose your identity as a man and devote yourself as a soldier, you fear love.” “Another man is a fool when he dedicates his behaviors to love,” says Benedick as he recalls when he was surprised by the changes in Claudio’s behavior, and thought that a man can be so easily fooled by love(Act 2, Scene 3). After that incident, Benedick reveals that he was jealous that Claudio was lighthearted, in a very happy mood, fashionable, and soft-spoken.
This heartache cut deep and had a major influence on Gatsby and his actions leading to his defeat. Love is always followed by a price to pay as seen with the characters of Gatsby and Othello. With Othello we see his love for his wife though his affection and his jealousy. This jealousy brought out by him was made quite evident to the rest of the characters in the play, “Oh, beware, my lord, of jealousy! It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on” (III, iii, 169-171).
Although Helena had a strong Philia love for Hermia she betrayed her by telling Demetrius their plans to elope. Helena thought that by betraying her friend through telling Demetrius their plans, he would once again love her which was not the case. In the play when Hermia address her friend as fair, we see Helena agitated and responds by telling her, “Call you me fair? That fair again unsay, Demetrius loves your fair, O happy fair” (1.1.181-182). This shows how Helena is angry at her friend because the man she loves is in love with Hermia.