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Love between two people is a force that is stronger than any other feeling, whether the feeling opposes the two, or is a positive influence to them. The couple should stay faithful to each other if what they feel really is love. Lermontov's classic, A Hero of Our Time, the main character, Pechorin, is subjected to certain journeys, through which he encounters many women to show the reader what Pechorin's representation of love really is. In the Fitzgerald novel, The Great Gastby, Jay Gastby is determined to win the love of Daisy Buchanan, a married woman from his past. Both novles have unique ideals of love, which are repeated throughout each novel, however, they also display many similar characteristics that give both books a comparable representative attitude towards women and love, and distinguish that from lust.
In the two stories, there is a situation in which one person feels like they are obligated to stay in the relationship or into marriage with the other person, however, for different reasons. In The Great Gastby, as Cathrine talks with Nick about Myrtle and Georges' marriage, she tells him, "Can't stand them. . .It's really his wife that's keeping them apart. She's a Catholic and they don't believe in divorce,"(p37, T.G.G.), which implies to Nick that Tom and Myrtle aren't together because of his obligation to marriage with Daisy. The fact that Daisy is not Catholic, and doesn't feel obligated to Tom because of her false religion contradicts Cathrine's whole statement about the relationship between the two married. Vera, a character from A Hero of Our Time, in the chapter Princess Mary has the true situation that, "She married him[her husband] for the sake of her son." (Pg111, A.H.O.T.). This is an example of a direct obligation for the
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parents to get married because it involved a childs life. Eve though they were going to have a child Vera and her husband had love that wasn't based upon material things, as in Myrtle and Tom's case.
On two or more occasions, the coined phrase 'word of mouth' comes into place when determining the love between a couple. Daisy's conversation with Nick, in The Great Gatsby is one full of he-saids and she-saids that will influence the characters feelings and original story. "I forgot to ask you something, and it's important. We heard that you were engaged," and Nick replies, "That's right. It's a libel, I'm too poor . . ." In reference to this situation, everyone is hearing information about Nick second hand, and sometimes third hand, without Nick himslef even knowing. "Is it true you're going to marry Princess Mary?" asked Dr. Werner, " . . .It's all over the town . . . Come on, Doctor. Look at me. Do I look like a man who's going to get married?" (Pg139, A.H.O.T.). Again we see the same case of someone's person business passed about the town through word of mouth without the person ever knowing. The origanal story of the person is tossed around like an old, cheap family recipe for bad pancakes. In many cases this is a prime example of how most rumors about one person from another get started and in result could make one question the sincerity of their partner in the relationship.
Unfaithfulness palys a big role in the controversy between couples in both novels. Each mountebank goes on a individual ego trip, and even sometimes before they even enter a commitment. Jordan Baker, from The Great Gatsby, is the first chosen to
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represent this ego trip. "When I had finished she told me without comment that she was engaged to another man. . .there were several she could have married with a nod of her head but I pretended to be surprised."(Pg186, T.G.G.) Mis Baker is seen not only as someone full of spirit, but also somewhat full of herself. She was selectively choosing someone who was up to her dainty standards. "It's always puzzled me that I've never been a slave to the women I've loved. In fact, I've always mastered them, heart and soul, without even trying." (Pg111, A.H.O.T.) Pechorin's character is the very representation of the cold-hearted, ungreatful, selfish worms, which don't deserve a
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The Great Gatsby, A Hero of Our Time, Daisy Buchanan, Mikhail Lermontov
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