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Sunday, May 23, 2010
Unrequited love is defined as a love "That is not returned or reciprocated in any kind" by the Merriam Websters dictionary. However, the feeling of unrequited love can be a harsh and unforgiving one. The feeling that your love is not being reciprocated at all can be something that tears you apart.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Selfish: Holding one's self-interest as the standard for decision making; having regard for oneself above others' well-being. Selfishness, we all take part of it at one point or another. It's something some try to stay away from, while others simply don't even think about it. "Selfishness is mankind's fundamental defect" (http://www.believers.org/believe/bel221.htm) Selfishness is the root of many problems. It can cause broken hearts, relationship departure, chaos within the hearts and minds of others around you, and so much more. Selfishness is putting yourself first, thinking about what you desire or need rather than anyone else.
Two characters in The Great Gatsby that posses selfish attitudes are Tom and Myrtle. Even though they are both married, they choose to follow their selfish desires and give in to the temptation of cheating. Even though they are together, Tom realizes what a fool he was for even getting into a relationship with Myrtle in the first place. He sees that she was just as satisfying as Daisy was and is upset with the fact that he has to be a partner in two different relationships now.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Jealousy can wreck bonds and relationships between people. Whether it be friends, family, or partners, jealousy creates distance and emptiness. The constant nagging, questioning, or pouting that can occur because of jealousy is something that people tend to distance themself from. Another form of jealousy is when "a jealous person will hide their emotions well and not let the outside world know what's going on, however they can allow it to tear apart the relationships of the people that love them the most-their friends and family"(http://ezinearticles.com/?Overcoming-Jealousy---What-is-Jealousy?&id=533148) In this case, people silence themselves and don't speak of this envy their dealing with. They bottle it up inside and keep it to themselves. This is also extremely unhealthy because of the mental and emotional damage it can cause to someone who is bottling anything up in general. If someone if suffering from any jealousy problems, they should try and fix the issue. There is absolutely nothing wrong with seeking help or guidence for such a situation.
Perhaps one of the most important situations where jealousy is exposed in The Great Gatsby, is when Tom and his mistress, Myrtle, get into an argument. Myrtle uses Tom's actual wife's name. He tells her not to use that name, but being jealous, she decides to try and take control of the argument by telling him she'll say her name whenever she wants and shouts "Daisy! Daisy! Daisy!" For this, Tom slaps her in the nose and causes her to bleed. Even though Myrtle is the one that Tom loves, she is still jealous of Daisy, the one Tom is still married to. Because Myrtle is jealous of Daisy, she brings her up during an argument because their is still jealousy and hatred going on the back of her mind.