Examples Of Hollowness In The Great Gatsby

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One of the major themes that was present throughout the novel, the Great Gatsby, by F.Scott Fitzgerald, is the shallow and hollowness of the upper class people. Throughout the novel a series of events occur that support the idea of the upper class having a shallow life. Firstly, the relationship between the two characters Daisy and Tom, whom have been married for 5 years, seems to proceed towards a broken marriage. The two individuals lack loyalty and faithfulness to one another, even after being bonded in a marriage, for up to 5 years they have no attachment or feelings to one another. Tom is portrayed as a womanizer and has never been fully committed to his wife, and on the other hand his wife continuously has a new love interest, depicting both of the individuals as shallow and feeling-less. The relationship of the two mainly is dependent on their wealth, and their social ranking. …show more content…

The novel reads, "I hope she'll be a fool-that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool" (page17). This quote is said by Daisy while discussing her daughter. She claims that she would prefer her daughter being a beautiful fool, as she believes that, that is the best thing a woman can be; fun, beautiful and giddy. The values that Daisy obtains, cause her to believe that for a woman being beautiful and funny are the only characteristics that will help her prosper; intelligence is not valued. Evidentially, Daisy believes that her daughter will live up to the social ranking set in place for her, if she simply follows the stereotype of woman being "dumb", beautiful and nothing

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