The Great Gatsby vs. Hamlet

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Throughout history, the media has shown many different sides of love. Weather it be peaceful, violent, dangerous, beautiful, almost all forms of the media have shown love in some way. In the novel The Great Gatsby, love is shown between many different characters in different ways. The reader experiences love at its best and worst. We see relationships flourish, rekindle and end between the different characters. The most controversial relationship is the relationship between Daisy and Tom. Through infidelity, and mistrust, tragedy occurs. Other characters become associated with their marital problems, showing different kinds of love and relationships. In the play Hamlet, the reader also experiences many different kinds of love, ranging from lost love to superficial love. The relationships between Hamlet and Ophelia, and Claudius and Gertrude all create conflict which inevitably leads to tragedy. Many characters become involved with the relationships between Ophelia and Hamlet and Claudius and Gertrude which also leads to tragedy for many of those characters also.

In both works of literature, pressures of people and society have corrupted the love that the characters felt for themselves and others, which lead to tragic endings.

In the novel The Great Gatsby, the relationship between the different characters eventually disintegrated because of unreal love and the struggle for wealth. The most controversial relationship in the novel is the relationship between Daisy and Tom. Infidelity in their marriage has caused problems not only for themselves, but for other characters also. Tom and Daisy’s relationship seems to be normal and healthy at the beginning. They are a wealthy couple living in East Egg, one of the most powerful and wealthy communities in New York. Tom is a friend of Nick’s from when they went to Yale, and Daisy is Nick’s cousin. Nick soon discovers that Tom and...