Having either too little or too much loyalty can be unhealthy in a relationship, either one can destroy a person. In Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Gatsby’s entire life was side tracked because of his goal to be with Daisy. In A.S.A. Harrison’s The Silent Wife, Todd cheated on his wife and only continued to make worse decisions, further betraying her. Because of Gatsby’s extreme loyalty to Daisy, it ultimately led to his death, in contrast to Todd, he had betrayed his wife and lost everything he truly cared about and only in his last few moments, did he fully realize he wished he could have chosen her instead.
The story of The Great Gatsby took place five years after Gatsby and Daisy had first met and gotten in a relationship. Though it had come to an abrupt end, Gatsby still tried to reunite with Daisy throughout the next five years, though he had no success. One day, at one of his massive parties, which he throws just hoping that Daisy would show up, he meets Nick. While he was there, Gatsby found out that he and Daisy were cousins and that he knew Daisy’s best friend. Seeing an opportunity, he asked Daisy’s friend to explain to Nick his situation and requested that he “invite Daisy to your house some afternoon and then let him come over.” (Fitzgerald, page 76). Despite Gatsby’s efforts, he had been unable to effectively to reunite with his lover. Finally when he found a connection to Daisy, he wanted to use Nick to prove to Daisy that he was the man that she should be with and that he had the money to take care of her.
In comparison to The Great Gatsby, in The Silent Wife, Todd had been unfaithful to his wife Jodi. While he was depressed he got involved with his best frie...
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...d suffered consequence as a result of his betrayal while Gatsby was being loyal to Daisy and was trying to protect her.
Because of Gatsby’s refusal to give up on the love of his life, it ultimately led to his death, whereas Todd’s infidelity led to a trail of mistakes that resulted him in the same fate. Harrison’s thriller novel The Silent Wife, Todd had betrayed his wife and had hurt her to the point where she decided he was better of dead. Meanwhile, in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Gatsby’s loyalty prompted him to devote everything for a woman that never loved him the way he wanted her to. Both loyalty and betrayal can simultaneously put a person in an unwanted and dangerous position.
Fitzgerald, Scott. The Great Gatsby. Toronto: Penguin Books Canada Ltd, 1950. Print.
Harrison, A.S.A. The Silent Wife. Toronto: Penguin Group, 2013. Print.
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