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The Great GatsbyWhat do the acts of violence show about the book The Great Gatsby?

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guti9512 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 13, 2011 at 9:28 AM via web

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The Great Gatsby

What do the acts of violence show about the book The Great Gatsby?

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vangoghfan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 27, 2011 at 12:17 PM (Answer #2)

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The acts of violence in The Great Gatsby help highlight the contrast between the romanticism of the novel and its realism. Each trait thereby adds to the intensity of the other. The romanticism of the book contrasts with its often unappealing and even ugly realism, while the realism of the book helps prevent the novel from seeming too sweet and overly sentimental.

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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 7, 2012 at 6:28 AM (Answer #3)

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We could say that the episodes of violence in The Great Gatsby serve to demonstrate a notion that the posing, deception, and ambition of the characters have an impact. Gatsby's deception and striving are not innocent, victim-less character traits. They lead to real harm.

Similarly, Tom's deception and his cheating lead to violence and death, albeit indirectly. Again, lying leads to disaster.

It might seem for a while that there will be no victims in the games these people are playing, but that is not the case.

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