Essay F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby

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A Transformation of Destruction In the Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald uses Tom, Daisy, Gatsby and Myrtle to illustrate dissatisfaction in order to show a transformation in identity and a longing of the heart. A grad from Princeton, Douglas Horton states “"Change occurs in direct proportion to dissatisfaction, but dissatisfaction never changes." Fitzgerald directly portrays this through his characters in a battle to win each other’s hearts. Tom Buchanan is a well-heeled East egger who has known our narrator Nick Carrway since their seminary days. Tom married Nick’s cousin Daisy, but shortly after they were married Tom cheated on his wife with another woman (on the Honeymoon in fact). Currently in the outer state New York he is again cheating on Daisy with Mr. Wilsons Wife Myrtle. Fitzgerald personifies dissatisfaction through Tom in the essence of his attitude. Tom feels the need for approval and when he has control over the women he has an affair with it gives him an emotion the satisfies him but the problem is that this feeling does not last for him so he cheats on daisy again and again. This is demonstrated in quotes such as such the following “tom ran into a wagon on the Ventura road one night, and ripped a front wheel of his car. The girl who was with him got into the papers, too, because her arm was broken -she was one of the chambermaids in the Santa Barbara hotel.”(pg.87). Daisy on the other hand is a pleasant girl who is both wordless and voiceless in the…

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