Morrison & Fitzgerald Comparing and Term Paper

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Therefore we see through Nick's eyes the ways and lifestyle not only of Tom, Daisy, Jordan and others, but also the mysterious, nouveau riche Gatsby, wealthy from bootlegging and other criminal activities. When Gatsby seduces Daisy, she, too, is drawn into his orbit, which later results in Myrtle's and Gatsby's deaths. When Tom learns Daisy is involved with Gatsby, he becomes furious. Gatsby is later killed by the husband of Myrtle, who erroneously believes Gatsby struck and killed Myrtle while driving (this was not Gatsby, but Daisy).

Reflecting on the decadence all around him Nick decides to head back to the Midwest, realizing Gatsby's love for Daisy had been not only illicit, but corrupted from the start, by Gatsby's shady past. Moreover, as Nick reflects near the end of the novel, the soul of the American Dream itself is now dead, having been replaced by pursuit of money.

In both novels, adultery is accompanied by yearning for what is perpetually out of reach. In The Bluest Eye Pecola is raped and impregnated, by her own father. In The Great Gatsby, Daisy, whose husband is already having an affair, is seduced by Gatsby. In essence, the troubles of both Pecola and Daisy begin with the breaking of matrimonial bonds through adultery, and then worsen from that point on. Further, both characters show classic symptoms of having been victimized, although differently, by adultery.

Works Cited

Bass, Ellen, and Laura Davis. The Courage to Heal. 3rd Ed. New York: Harper And Row, 1994. 24.

Brooks, Gene. "The Effects of Adultery." Retrieved August 16, 2005, at http://www.geocities.com/genebrooks/adultery.html.

Eaker-Weil, Bonnie. "Fearful Attraction."

March 2005. Retrieved August 16, 2005, from: http://www.infidelity.com/why-cheaters-cheat/articles/fearful-attraction.htm>.

Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York: Scribner, 2004.

Morrison, Toni. The Bluest Eye. In The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women. (Eds. Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar). New York: Norton, 1985, pp. 2068-2184.

Morrison, Toni, 1931 -- " Biography.com.…

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Works Cited

Bass, Ellen, and Laura Davis. The Courage to Heal. 3rd Ed. New York: Harper And Row, 1994. 24.

Brooks, Gene. "The Effects of Adultery." Retrieved August 16, 2005, at http://www.geocities.com/genebrooks/adultery.html.

Eaker-Weil, Bonnie. "Fearful Attraction."

March 2005. Retrieved August 16, 2005, from: http://www.infidelity.com/why-cheaters-cheat/articles/fearful-attraction.htm>.

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