The Long Walk to Forever, the Great Gatsby and the Story of an Hour

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“The Long Walk to Forever” by Kurt Vonnegut, “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald and “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin one sees the different stages of love. These three stories all have similarities that tie them together. Brentley loved Louise, Gatsby loved Daisy and Newt loved Catherine. Throughout all of these stories, love, at some point is present but becomes absent.

Brentley and Louise Mallard were the oldest of the three couples, which one would think would allow them to be more experienced in love. But this isn’t a fairy tale and people living in the real world know that love eventually dies. Louise, upon hearing that her husband was dead, acts like anyone who has ever lost a person they cared for acts; devastated. Louise then heads to her room to think, she then suddenly realizes that she is now “Free! [now her] body and soul [are] free!” and she knows that now she can “live for herself.” (The Story of an Hour, p. 2) The love that Louise had for her husband was not always present, it was vague. She was happy that he was gone and happy that she was now free to do what she liked.

In “The Great Gatsby,” Gatsby’s main goal is for Daisy and him to be together. He accomplishes that by having great parties in his house so that Daisy, who lives across the lake from him, will one day notice the shining lights and head over. These two characters are showing that their love is immature because they both know that love is present yet they hide it. When Daisy meets Gatsby after five years of being apart she’s already married to Tom. Trying to hide their love for each other, they start to show affection only when Tom isn’t around. Showing that they don’t love each other enough to tell him the truth about who Daisy wants to be with. Daisy said that “She did love him [Tom] once – but [she also] loved [Gatsby] too.” This shows how immature Daisy’s love was for both Gatsby and Tom because she doesn’t know who she wants to be with.

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