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The Great Gatsby is a sordid tale of deception

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"The Great Gatsby is a sordid tale of deception, adultery and murder" How do you respond to this view of the novel? If you were to take a quick look at the plot of the Great Gatsby and look at the themes it deals with I expect many people would agree with this view. Throughout the Great Gatsby there is murder, infidelity and lying and yet having read the novel and considered the story it tells I respond in a rather disagreeable way to this view. It seems to me that this view does not take into account what F. Scott Fitzgerald is trying to tell us about human beings, that we may have many faults but that most of us are just trying to do the right thing. Having listened to Nick and seen his judgment of the various happenings within the novel it seems he has found justification for all these supposedly 'sordid' events. Firstly, what does sordid mean? As far as I can see, it is a word for dirty, unethical, degrading or morally unsound. This is not at all how I felt once I had read the Great Gatsby. ...read more.

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He makes it clear that Tom and Daisy's marriage is a loveless one as well as making it clear that there is love to be found between them and their other partners. Tom is clearly very fond of Myrtle as he says to Nick 'I want you to meet my girl'. He is not ashamed of her in anyway. Gatsby's love for Myrtle is made overwhelmingly clear and Nick portrays Gatsby as quite the romantic. We even feel sorry for Gatsby as he puts Daisy on such a pedestal that she 'tumbled short of his dreams' on many occasions and it is hard to blame him for his actions over a love which clearly takes over his entire being. This is shown clearly when the revelations Daisy loved Tom at one point as well as him 'bite physically into Gatsby'. The tragic death of Myrtle may also seem rather sordid to some and yet Nick manages to put a positive spin on it. The fact that it was only an accident is clear as Myrtle 'rushed out into the dusk' which would have made it difficult for any driver to see her even a sensible one. ...read more.

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F.Scott Fitzgerald has created a character who embodies the 'American dream' in that he knows what he wants and goes out and gets it. He has to be admired for this and I find myself easily forgiving him and finding little wrong with his constant acts of self preservation. Everything Gatsby does seems to be an act, put on for show. For instance, his lavish parties which are full of people he does not know or care about. Some people would find these parties rather sordid as they are full of people revelling in the world of status and materialistic obsessions. However, even these parties 'chatter and laughter, and casual innuendo and introductions forgotten on the spot' seem to be really rather harmless affairs, if a little superficial, and they do have one main goal to them. Gatsby actually puts these parties on with the main aim of attracting Daisy to his house. Everything Gatsby does is re-valued on the 'measure of response it drew from her well-loved eyes'. This aim in the name of love gives the shallow parties deeper meaning and a good cause. ?? ?? ?? ?? Isobel Smith ...read more.

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