Superficial Relationships In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

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“Existing or occurring at or on the surface.” Superficial relationships means that these relationships appear to be true, pure, and real only until examined more closely to see the problems they all have. In the 1920s and throughout The Great Gatsby superficial relationships were very common. In The Great Gatsby Nick Carraway buys a house in west egg next to Gatsby and across the water was Daisy Buchanan, Gatsby’s ex girlfriend. The mysterious Gatsby lies to everybody, including Nick, about his life before wealth but the readers know that he made all this money and threw huge parties in search for Daisy’s love again. Tom, Daisy’s husband, is cheating on her with Myrtle Wilson (and others) while Daisy is starting to fall for Gatsby again. After …show more content…
Later, Tom and Daisy ran off together and nobody knew where they went. Mr.Wilson, who did not know who his wife cheated on him with, knew it was Gatsby 's car that killed Myrtle and thought Gatsby was driving the car and therefore believed that Gatsby had been sleeping with his wife. Because of this, he went to Gatsby’s house and killed him in his pool and then killed himself. All this death and chaos was due to the extremely superficial relationships and cheating on their partners. This was the story of the 1920’s. F. Scott Fitzgerald portrays the 1920’s in a very negative way and showed us that the people and relationships that seemed loving and loyal are actually very …show more content…
This was an affair that Nick knew about but never told anybody. The same night that Gatsby, Nick, Daisy, and Tom went out, Mr. Wilson locked Myrtle in her room because he found out that she cheated on him. He wanted to restart and move away with her because he did not want to be cheated on again. The only thing was, Mr.Wilson did not know who she slept with. Later that night, Myrtle had escaped and ran to find somebody to take her away. “‘Instantly killed,’ repeated Tom, staring. ‘She ran out ina road. Son-of-a-bitch didn’t even stopus car.’” (page 139). The affair between Tom and Myrtle stirred up an array of problems. Myrtle was trying to get away from her husband and she also thought Tom was driving the car and would be the one to save her. The relationship drama on the inside and a lot of emotions coming out actually led to death. Myrtle died because of this and so did Gatsby. Fitzgerald is showing us how dangerous superficial relationships can be and there should not be such unhealthy relationships. He is telling us this by exaggerating what could happen when there are many superficial relationships colliding at once. In the book The Great Gatsby , The author portrays the 1920’s in a very negative way by showing us the mass amount of money spent, the illegal activities, and most importantly, the superficial relationships in the book. These relationships caused physical and emotional

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