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Theme of violence in "The Great Gatsby"

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Alyssa Vitelli

on 29 April 2014

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Theme of Violence in "The Great Gatsby"
By: Aly Vitelli
Means unaware or completely oblivious
Many characters in the book had this characteristic
Very strong feeling
You can be passionate about anything
Being too passionate causes the virtue to change into a vice
Selfish and intense desire for something
Wealth, power
Therefore, violence in the book was caused by characters acting upon their vices.

What do you think causes violence in the book?
The characters acting upon their vices causes violence in the book.
Believed that he could get Daisy after five years
Gatsby believed he could relive time
"Almost five years! There must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams- not through her own fault, but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion" (Pg. 92).
Myrtle Wilson
Believed that Tom was truly in love with her
"Some time toward midnight Tom and Mrs. Wilson stood face to face, in impassioned voices, whether Mrs. Wilson had any right to mention Daisy's name" (Pg. 39).
Gatsby is so passionate about pursuing Daisy that he would do anything for her
Causes his own death
"'Was Daisy driving?' 'Yes... but of course I'll say I was'" (Pg. 137).
So caught up with her relationships, she becomes unaware of things going on around her
She does not know whether or not to leave her husband for Gatsby
She kills Myrtle
Mr. Wilson
He was in love with Myrtle, even though he was suspicious about her affair
When she dies he feels like he needs revenge
"'Then he killed her,' said Wilson. His mouth dropped open suddenly. 'Who did? 'I have a way of finding out'"(Pg. 159).
Emperors New Groove

Used his money as a tool
Used riches to make physical and emotional violence okay
Treats wife and mistress terribly
She does not always follow her true emotions
She speaks in a specific way to not get in trouble
"I'd never understood it before. It was full of money- that was the inexhaustible charm that rose and fell in it, the cymbals' song of it... High in a white palace the king's daughter, the golden girl..." (Pg. 115).

Meyer Wolfsheim
Associated with Gatsby's work
Believed that illegal affairs are prices to pay for wealth
"'And you let him go to jail for a month over in New Jersey... Walter could have you on the betting laws, but Wolfsheim scared him into shutting his mouth'" (Pg. 127-128).
Very easily influenced
Attracted to people with money
She does have a love for both Tom and Gatsby
"'Oh, you want too much!' she cried to Gatsby. 'I love you now- isn't that enough? I can't help what's past.' she began to sob helplessly. 'I did love him once- but I loved you too'"(Pg. 216).
Secondary Source #2
Experts say jealousy, adultery main causes of violence in families
By Lilian Aluanga-Delvaux and Gardy Chacha
"Experts say issues ranging from pressures of modern living, jealousy, suspicion, adultery and disillusionment with marriage are responsible for grim violence in families and among loved ones."
Ex-boyfriend confesses to killing North Carolina teen, says pal helped him dump body: authorities

Passion can kill
Ex-boyfriend loved he to the extreme
Killed her because he could not stand her being with anyone else
“This young man goes to church with us,” she said. “He seemed like such a nice young man, and so it’s one of those things that’s unbelievable.”
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