The Great Gatsby and Tender is the Night
Different books, despite different storylines, may still address similar themes. What similarities of themes did you find in your paired texts, and how are they obvious in the character s behavior? Throughout two of F Scott Fitzgerald s books, The Great Gatsby and Tender is the Night , comparisons can be made between the themes that are dealt with in each book. These themes that are portrayed, include materialism, the corruption of dreams and idealism, which all come under the larger theme of searching for human fulfillment. Materialism is a theme that is very common through both of the books. In The Great Gatsby we are constantly seeing characters living a hedonistic lifestyle, where the importance of reaching their full potential is over-shadowed by the trend to live life to the fullest by the partying constantly and having fun. Many character s in The Great Gatsby could be labeled as being materialistic. Tom, Daisy, Jordan and Myrtle all seem to value materialistic possessions. They all believe that success comes from the way you appear to others and how much money you have in your wallet. An example of when a character does something solely to keep up appearances, is when Myrtle says to Tom as they are driving past a man selling dogs I want one of those dogs , she says I want one of those for the apartment . This comment shows her irresponsible behavior towards possessions as well as her need to give a certain image to others. In Tender is the Night , although not as obvious, materialism is also a major aspect to the book. The initial description of the characters lazing around on the shore of the French Riviera without any sign of direction in their lives, shows that the character s within Tender is the Night are also very hedonistic. Abe North s drinking problem symbolized that lack of direction in life, and Mrs. McKisco s somewhat nosy attitude shows that the character s had very little to do. Many times through...
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