Moral Judgement In Atonement

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Conflicting moral judgement is a common theme in both novels, Atonement and The Great Gatsby, as shown by their protagonists. The Great Gatsby is set in New York during the early 1920’s before the Wall Street crash, not long after the first World War. Many of the American soldiers did not get home for a long time after the official end due to them helping to rebuild the rest of the world. Not long home from war himself, Nick moves in next door to Jay Gatsby mansion on West Egg. Nick’s old friend Tom and cousin Daisy live across the body of water on East Egg, where the ‘old money’ lives. East and West Egg are based on the Great Neck and Port Washington peninsulas on Long Island. Tom and Daisy are married to each other and in spite of this…show more content…
McEwan mainly focuses on how the negative emotions can affect moral judgement. In the case of Briony jealousy causes her to want to hurt Robbie. Rejection and replacement cause Briony’s jealousy as her love, Robbie, chose to be with her sister rather than with her. The lingering effect of jealousy can be attributed to the leading cause of her immoral judgement. By giving this character a hamartia such as this McEwan made it possible for the readers to eventually feel empathetic towards Briony, as many would have felt jealousy due to an unrequited…show more content…
Much like how Gatsby’s love for Daisy allows her to act immorally. Moreover, this can be seen in how he lets her drive the car even though she is drunk, consequently taking the blame for Myrtle’s death which was caused by Daisy. Fitzgerald, by showing the lack of judgement that comes along with love, proves to audiences that immorality does not only come from negativity but also from holding any person in a particular light. The aforementioned incident caused Myrtle’s husband, George, to become angry, resulting in the death of Jay
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