The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Lust is a desire that can drive an individual to go to all extents, just to get what they wish for. Literature is very broad in the way that it is available to everyone and can help us gain knowledge in many different aspects. In my opinion, I believe that literature is about gaining knowledge about a certain event and being able to connect with the story and relate the situations to what is actually happening in reality. I also think that literature can cause people to form different opinions that can end up being very eye opening when things are looked at from a different perspective. As a class, we read a variety of stories, all with different types of knowledge and opinions associated with them. The two stories that stood out to me were The Great Gatsby and “The Cask of Amontillado.” In these two stories the general message is lust and how lust can take over one’s body and the way they live their life.
In the well-known novel, The Great Gatsby, it is about a wealthy man that has so much love for Daisy that he lets it take over his entire life. Gatsby continually refers back in time to when he was with Daisy before he went to the war. Daisy had moved on with her life after Gatsby had left for the war and married Tom Buchanan because he was wealthy and would stay with her forever. In reality, Daisy and Tom’s relationship is not that wonderful because he is having an affair with another girl. Gatsby tries to rekindle his relationship with Daisy through Nick but realizes that it will not ever be how it used to be. Likewise, in the short story, “The Cask of Amondillado,” Fortunato allows his strong desire for wine to take his life. Fortunado’s “friend” Montresor, was looking at having a glass of wine from a totally different persp...

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...onnecting it to reality. In The Great Gatsby, lust was confused with love and caused negative outcomes as a result. Similarly, in “The Cask of Amontillado,” lust was present but it was in a different way because it was showing how lust could be blinding and that will also result in a not so favorable outcome. Lust is something that will always be present in literature as well as in society because it always finds a way to control us as people when we find something that we really want. Although lust is not necessarily known to be a good thing, it is something that all of us can grow and learn from.

Works Cited

Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York; Scribner. 2004. Print.
Poe, Allan Edgar. “The Cask of Amontillado.” The Norton Introduction to Literature: The Shorter Eleventh Edition. Ed. Spencer Richardson-Jones. New York: Norton, 2013. 164-170. Print.
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