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PAIRED TEXT The Great Gatsby and Tender is the Night 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 characters behaviour Throughout two of F Scott Fitzgeralds 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 characters 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 characters within Tender is the Night are also very hedonistic Abe Norths drinking problem symbolised that lack of
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