The Great Gatsby
Gatsby's Manifestation of the Inferno 11th Grade
F. Scott Fitzgerald writes The Great Gatsby as a manifestation of the literary Inferno, a metaphorical world filled with a lack of grace and love. For example, the relationships throughout the book are marred with romantic affairs and the victimization of women. Furthermore, these connections notably lack love and grace, as everyone forms relationships for self-advancement rather than emotional bonds. Finally, narrator Nick Caraway falls short in his role as caretaker and guardian of the community when he fails to protect the women of the story and eventually withdraws from the community altogether as he moves back out West. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, the actions and relationships of the main characters create a world filled with the major themes found in the Inferno, a metaphorical place of selfishness and an utter lack of love.
In The Great Gatsby, the defiling of an already loveless marriage through romantic affairs as well as the abuse of Daisy Buchanan by both her husband and Jay Gatsby create an atmosphere similar to that of the Inferno. For example, Tom and Daisy Buchanan partake in an empty relationship where Tom engages in an affair with Daisy’s full knowledge, as demonstrated by the fact that Myrtle...
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