Love, desire, and sex are all fundamental aspects within the relationships portrayed in The Great Gatsby. However, true love nor stability are present between any of the married couples within the novel. Gatsby’s attraction towards Daisy is not love, but desire. The lack of true compassion beyond a sexual or physical interest shows that the relationships in the story are all very shallow. Comparing what is accepted as real love to what we see in the book, we know that none of the relationships are held together by love.
S. Eliot’s title “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock ironic is that the woman he speaks of never responds to him anywhere in the poem. This makes it to be the realization of Alfred Prufrock’s loveless life. The failure and breakdown of communication from the other side tell about one aspect, which is the symbol of isolation among humans. The beginning of the poem seems like the speaker is talking to a woman whom he loves. It then turns out to be ironic and against normal expectations of the readers because there is the anticipation of something special to be spoken from the other party as well.
Fitzgerald’s novel examines this latter perception as the citizens of this era constituted materialism as their American Dream and the moral corruption that accompanied it (Bewley 27). Fitzgerald uses The Great Gatsby as a means to present the American Dream as a more demoralized, unethical version of its previous self (Bewley 28). The prevailing theory of the 20’s insinuated that if you could obtain a great amount of possessions, you were living the ideal life full of luxury and fortune. In the novel this fixation with materials becomes absurd as people do not even bother to consider the necessity of a certain object, rather enjoy the act of simply purchasing it: “There was a machine in the kitchen which could extract the juice of two hundred oranges in half an hour, if a little button was pressed two hundred times by a butler’s thumb” (Fitzgerald 44). The fact that Gatsby owns an appliance that requires his butler to push a button for some plain orange juice shows how his morals and visions are skewed and amoral.
Mildred hasn’t surrounded herself with loving, understanding people. She lacks the feeling of love, and even though her husband, Montag, cares about her, he is barely home. Her friends don’t even care about themselves because them, too, are emotionally disconnected, and couldn't care less about their miserable lives. Montags feelings are shallow and mediocre, he used to love her, but not the person she has become over time. On page 44, the conversation between Montag and Mildred was very bland, and even though they are communicating, they aren’t really communication.
Walton is able to provide justice in the text through his letters in the epistolary frame. Walton letters document his feelings about companionship. He writes, “I have no friend, Margaret: when I am glowing with enthusiasm of success, there will be none to participate my joy; if I am assailed by disappointed, no one will endeavour to sustain me in dejection”(8). Walton writes his lack of companionship to his sister because she is one person in his life where they have a family binding relationship. By using words the literal words ‘no friend’ and ‘none to participate in my joy’ Walton is admitting to his vulnerability and lack of privilege.
In Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby, the perceptions and actions of people were altered because of events from one of the rowdiest periods in American history. The time period in which this novel was written was in the 1920s, which revealed the time of bad manners, new riches , and poverty for the lower classes. The reasons for this change in the younger generation is the fact that World War one recently ended and created a time of opportunity to go from rags to riches such as the case of Gatsby. Yet, this wasn't the story for everyone as seen in the characters Myrtle and Wilson.
America had no longer focused on helping others, but, rather, they focused on how to improve their own lives. The selfish tendencies of this new society is what caused Nick to leave New York, as he observed this radical and inevitable departure of the society he had once known; “I see now that this has been a story of the West, after all- Tom and Gatsby, Daisy and Jordan and I, were all Westerners, and perhaps we possessed some deficiency in common which made us subtly unadaptable to Eastern life” (Fitzgerald, 1925, p.
In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s America started expanding abroad to try and enlarge our borders. However this expansion ended up creating more problems for the US. In the end America lost more than they gained all due to American imperialism. Imperialism is when a bigger nation takes over a smaller or weaker nation. When America did this they thought it would make them stronger but it ended up making then weaker and causing them to lose the allies they once had before they imperialized the smaller nations that once trusted them.
Tom cares only about himself; not about his daughter, wife, or friends. Tom doesn't value anybody but himself because of his high self-esteem. Tom clearly does not value his marriage because he cheats with Myrtle, or when he planed on leaving daisy. Today there are so many people like Tom; people who just care about themselves, they do not value relationships, and when their friends need help they are nowhere to be found. Although there are many characters with no morals in the Great Gatsby, there are few with good morals.
She was only written with negative character traits which made it so characters or readers were never able to sympathize with her. Next, no character ever had a turning point where they saw Curley’s wife as more than exactly that, Curley’s wife. And finally, he never gave her a name. There was a great imbalance between sexism and making the readers question the sexism. If Steinbeck had chosen to give the woman some justice the message against sexism would have been stronger.
People feel so connected and powerful when they are together that they tend to forget everyone else’s feelings; the ones that are around them. The ones in love completely forgets the feelings of the people surrounding them and doesn’t care about them at all. That is what is in common with all three books, Like Water For Chocolate by Laura Esquivel, Love in The Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende. All three books show that when two fall in love, they do everything they can to be with the person and not care about what people around them may think of them being together.
The French and Indian War can be argued to have the most effect on altering the relations between Britain and the Colonies. The relationship between these two power houses began very subtle, as England followed through with a policy of salutary neglect toward the Colonies. The consequence of the war caused the Political and the Economic state of Britain to changed dramatically, causing them to act differently towards the Colonies. This made the Ideologies of the colonies change greatly. Becoming a winner of a mass of land was great to reward to Britain, but this caused them to change the way that they were going to govern, especially in North America.
Until Clarisse inadvertently forces him to accept the truth, Montag denies his unhappiness to himself as well as to everyone else. He fervently denies the suggestion that he is not in love with anyone, claiming without hesitation that he is “very much in love” with Mildred (Bradbury 22). In light of the emotionally vacant and meaningless interactions between Montag and Mildred, the assertion that such a relationship is ‘love’ seems absurd. Montag never stops to wonder whether the things he says are true or not; there is no reflection of himself in his words. Montag’s defensive, almost automatic, responses are characteristic of a man who voices only what he thinks he is supposed to feel, not what he truly feels.
For Linda, it is easy to jump to the conclusion that her former lover possessed no fond feelings for her whatsoever because she and Mr. Sands never built their relationship out of love. Jacobs uses this relationship to show that a true loving relationship cannot come from a slaveholding white man and a black slave because distrust and use are the pillars of the relationship rather than
A person can only be as independent as their thoughts and actions allow them to be. During the time period of the Puritans, the idea of conformity and obedience was valued in their society. Soon after, the philosophy of Deism came about and they started to value the idea of free thought and independence more than the orthodox view of the Puritans. Finally, the age of Transcendentalism arose which appreciated the idea of individuality and hard work more than any other belief. Throughout the major literary philosophies in the United States, one can see how there was a social shift from conformity to individualism.