The Changing Nature Of Relationships In The Great Gatsby

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Different values and beliefs of an era shape the development of relationships. Through studying F.Scott’s Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby, written in 1925 and Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s ‘Sonnets from the Portuguese’ published in 1850 written in the form of Petrarchan Sonnets we gain insight into the changing nature of relationships. Both authors address how values within a society can influence the nature of relationships and how death and attitudes towards mortality reveals the strength, trust, and genuineness of relationships.
Our changing values over time inform us about the changing nature of relationships. Our different values and beliefs specifically, on marriage and religion demonstrate how relationships are different and have changed. This is due to values within a society having major influences on relationships. People’s different values on marriage and religion throughout the Victorian Era and the Roaring twenties explains why relationships are
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With Christianity becoming less common and popular people were losing their spiritual connections which could be a reason for why relationships in the roaring twenties were not as strong and as genuine as those in the Victorian era. In The Great Gatsby god is not valued highly by most and many do not care about pleasing him. God is only brought up in Wilson’s dialogue “I told her she might fool me but she couldn’t fool God”. Fitzgerald uses the symbol of “The eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg” to represent God staring down upon and judging American society “God knows what you’ve been doing, everything you’ve been doing.” Many people in the roaring 20’s thought that money got you love so they would go “into the jewellery store to buy a pearl necklace- or perhaps only a pair of cuff
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