Exploring The Destruction Of True Love

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Brenda Nayiga
Mrs. Michelin
26 April 2016
Exploring the destruction of true love in a capitalist society:
A Marxist Approach to “The Great Gatsby”
Love can be defined as honesty, trust and respect; it occurs when two people touch each other 's soul. Every series, every story and every movie speaks about how two people fall in love and live happily ever after. All stories come to that same conclusion but what happens when two people don’t belong to the same social class. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a story about Jay Gatsby, a man who is part of the working class that becomes wealthy through illegal acts and throws extremely corrupted parties every Saturday night. In this novel, F. Scott Fitzgerald illustrates the lack of true love between Tom, Gatsby and Daisy. The protagonist, Gatsby is in love with Daisy Buchanan, a woman that is married to Tom Buchanan, a very wealthy man and he believes that the amount of money he possess will change Daisy’s heart. When Daisy discovers that Tom is cheating, he uses his status and power to deceive her in order to fulfill his desires. Tom, Gatsby and Daisy represent the upper class which with closer analysis demonstrates the Marxist theory by Karl Marx. Marx explains it as the practice of socialism which includes materialism, class struggle and dictatorship of the proletariat until the establishment of class stratification. By critically analyzing these characters from a Marxist perspective, the matter of the
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