Relationships In The Great Gatsby And A Doll House

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A healthy relationship is based on the foundation of equality and love. Once the foundation is tarnished, the marriage begins to deteriorate. Without parity and love, these relationships take a turn for the worse and become morally corrupt. In both Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll House” and in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” morally corrupt relationships are present. Through Nora and Torvald Helmer from “A Doll House”, along with Daisy and Tom Buchanan from “The Great Gatsby,” the authors attempt to teach readers how morally corrupt relationships are calamitous. Ibsen and Fitzgerald prove this through the men and their dominance over the women, in addition by the Helmer’s and Buchannan’s founding their love off the foundation of wealth, rather …show more content…
Gatsby, Jordan and Nick get together for lunch at Tom and Daisy’s place. Tom begins to question the validity of Gatsby’s wealth, creating an unpleasant atmosphere. As things begin to become tense, they plan on going to the city. Gatsby and Daisy travel in a separate vehicle, while Tom, Nick and Jordan transport together. While driving, Tom begins to reflect on his life. Seeing Gatsby and Daisy together, Tom begins to feel unsettled. As Tom is driving, Nick states “There is no confusion like the confusion of a simple mind, and as we drove away Tom was feeling the hot whips of panic. His wife…until an hour ago secure and inviolate, were slipping precipitately from his control,” (Fitzgerald,125). Both personification and pathetic fallacy are present. Panic is being personified to hot whips. Furthermore, pathetic fallacy is used as heat is used to describe the whips of panic. Heat represents intense emotion and passion. As Tom sees his beautifully orchestrated relationships begin to deteriorate, he feels unsettled. Daisy is drifting away from his grip, suddenly putting Tom under pressure. Nora and Daisy are demeaned by their spouses as both men in these relationships are superior. Torvald tries to shelter Nora, meanwhile Tom tries to grip onto Daisy. Morally corrupt relationships are present as Nora is belittled by Torvald, and Tom proves his dominance over