Similar Themes Found In The Great Gatsby And Tender Is The Night By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Different books, despite different storylines, may still address similar themes. What similarities of themes did you find in your paired texts, and how are they obvious in the character's behaviour?

     
Throughout two of F Scott Fitzgerald's books, ‘The Great Gatsby' and ‘Tender is the Night', comparisons can be made between the themes that are dealt with in each book.
These themes that are portrayed, include materialism, the corruption of dreams and idealism, which all come under the larger theme of searching for human fulfilment.

     Materialism is a theme that is very common through both of the books. In ‘The Great Gatsby' we are constantly seeing characters living a hedonistic lifestyle, where the importance of reaching their full potential is over-shadowed by the trend to live life to the fullest by the partying constantly and having fun.
Many character's in ‘The Great Gatsby could be labelled as being materialistic. Tom, Daisy, Jordan and Myrtle all seem to value materialistic possessions. They all believe that success comes from the way you appear to others and how much money you have in you wallet.
An example of when a character does something solely to keep up appearances, is when Myrtle says to Tom as they are driving past a man selling dogs ‘I want one of those dogs', she says "I want one of those for the apartment'. This comment shows her irresponsible behaviour towards possessions as well as her need to give a certain image to others.
In "Tender is the Night', although not as obvious, materialism is also a major aspect to the book. The initial description of the characters lazing around on the shore of the French Riviera without any sign of direction in their lives, shows that the character's within ‘Tender is the Night' are also very hedonistic. Abe North's drinking problem symbolised that lack of direction in life, and Mrs McKisco's somewhat ‘nosy' attitude shows that the character's had very little to do.
Many times through the book, you find that Dick and Nicole have returned to the French Riviera or are in some other part of the world relaxing and having a great time. The difference between Dick and Nicole and the corrupt character's in ‘The Great Gatsby' however, is that they believe that they are doing something. Dick is constantly talking about the book that he is writing, but it is all talk. He is only ever bragging about it to others so that they will respect him; he never actually puts in the effort to complete his book.
This book that Dick is writing also symbolises the corruption of dreams and the idealism.

Dick's ideal, was to marry the perfect woman, Nicole, write his fantastic book ‘psychology for psychiatrists' and be the best psychiatrist in the world. At the beginning of his career all of these things were attainable, but slowly each one of these things slipped away to falter his life. These things were not only just an ideal or a plan in...

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