Examples Of Materialism In The Painted Door

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The Deterioration of Relationships “The Painted Door” by Sinclair Ross is a short story that follows the relationship between a farmer, his wife and the tragedy that results as a consequence of their flawed marriage. In the novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald depicts the story of a girl, Daisy, who is the wife of wealthy businessman Tom, but in love with a man named Jay Gatsby. Daisy is unable to be with Gatsby because she values status and wealth more; therefore, unable to thrive in either of these relationships. The themes of love, materialism and sacrifice all play a crucial role in the development and outcomes of the relationships between the main characters in each story. Although the women in these stories live vastly different lives, they have in common that they…show more content…
Evidently, their visions collide and this becomes problematic when they are unable to effectively communicate their wants to one another. While Ann is home and her husband is away, she starts having thoughts about her own wishes and wants from John. She wonders, “why sit trying to talk with a man who never talked? Why talk when there was nothing to talk about but crops and cattle, the weather and the neighbours?” (Ross 4). The feelings she has are not ones that she shares with her husband, leaving him clueless to her discontent. If Ann were to have communicated these feelings and wishes to John earlier in their marriage, then it might not have been too far-gone to mend. This is just one of the many factors that contributes to the downfall of their marriage. The potential relationship between Daisy and Gatsby never worked out as a result of miscommunication. Gatsby tries to win over Daisy with all of his new found wealth, but what he does not understand is that she is attracted to Tom because of his old money. Tom comes from a wealthy family which has more prestige
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