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The Great Gatsby is a sordid tale of adultery, murder and deception how do you respond to this view?

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?The Great Gatsby is a sordid tale of adultery, murder and deception? how do you respond to this view? The view that Gatsby is a sordid tale of adultery, murder and deception can be seen as a very cynical once although it can be argued to be true to an extent. My first objection to this view is that it?s wrong in defining Gatsby?s story as being a ?tale? of any kind. Tales are often plot driven, whilst in Gatsby the plot is thin and arguably insignificant, whereas the real action takes place internally within the hearts of Jay Gatsby and Nick Carraway. However, one is forced to agree with the view that adultery, murder and deception play a huge part in the story. The plot includes an intriguing web of adultery in which nearly all the main characters are involved in some form of adultery or the other. One of the most obvious examples is Tom?s rather public affair with Myrtle, which was first introduced to us in chapter one by Jordan Baker stating: ?I thought everyone knew...Tom?s got some woman in New York?. ...read more.


Adultery is almost trivialised in the novel, which was done to highlight the moral and spiritual decay in American society during the 1920?s, and the commonplace nature of adulteries, due to more liberal attitudes towards women emerging. The Great Gatsby also has quite a decent share of deception in the novel. Almost every character presented to us as multi sided and is involved in some form of dishonest act or deception. Jordan Baker is immediately presented as being possible dishonest due to her involvement in a sporting scandal. The deception also extends to the narrator of the novel ? Nick, he is presented as being a possibly unreliable and untrustworthy source, since despite claiming that he is ?one of the few honest people? that he?d known and claiming to ?reserve all judgements?, he disproved this through blatantly judging other characters and omitting to tell us certain scandalous truths about his life by filtering the information he gives us through the narrative. We can see this in chapter two, where Nick?s possible homosexuality is hinted at but not fully disclosed, he states. ...read more.


murder- being Wilson?s execution of Gatsby, whilst Daisy?s killing of Myrtle- although being gruesome, was not intentional so therefore cannot be seen as murder. However it can be argued that since the second killing is closely linked to the first, Daisy is then ultimately responsible for Gatsby?s death and therefore his murder. Overall, although it might be true to an extent that The Great Gatsby is in fact a sordid tale of adultery, deception and murder, however it?s not fair to restrict the story to only this three features, since the novel could also be about love. Love is the main driving force behind both Gatsby?s success and downfall. His love for Daisy caused him to change himself and become a wealthy person, and it was this same love that inevitably caused his downfall since he chose to take blame for Myrtles killing, and was subsequently killed as a result of it. Which forces me to conclude that despite being to some extent a tale of adultery, deception and murder, it is also a tale of love which can be seen as being at the epicentre of the action and the eventual tragedy of Gatsby. ...read more.

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