The Obsessive Nature Of Desire Presented In The Great Gatsby, Othello And Enduring Love

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Obsession is defined as “an unhealthy and compulsive preoccupation with something or someone” (1), and is a prominent theme (in) The Great Gatsby, Enduring Love and Othello. For example, in all three, there is a great desire to obtain things which are unattainable, and in turn this fuels their obsession and causes it to intensify. Furthermore, the act of being obsessive is a common human characteristic, which enforces the fact that obsession is a key element throughout all the texts. Othello has the desire to seek revenge. Fitzgerald shows the desire of lust for Gatsby to have Daisy, whilst also allowing him to accomplish a social desire of fulfilling the American Dream, which was typical of the 1920’s as people were searching for wealth and status after the economic boom. However Enduring Love By Ian McEwan shows an infatuation between Jed and Joe rather than actual love which also shows an infatuation between Jed and Joe rather than actual love which also shows both the acceptance and denial of homosexuality. One cannot convict any of these characters for perusing in their actions, as the obsession manipulates all concepts of moral absolutes, which allows them to take no consequences for their further undertakings.

In all three texts desires are visisble for the reader to distinguish. Othello has the desire to seek revenge on his wife.

The first way (fundamentally) the texts show obsession through romantic desire. In ‘The Great Gatsby’, this desire is shown through the love that Gatsby possesses for Daisy and the pursuit of attempting to rekindle the love that they once felt for each other. This is shown (demonstrated) when it is stated that “their eyes met, and they stared together at each other, alone in space. With effort she glanced down at the table”. Firstly, the comma is used to highlight key moments in the quote which emphasises their importance. Secondly, the phrase “their eyes met” could show the love between the two characters, as well as the rekindling of their love. In particular, the word “eyes” in this context show the level of intimacy as eyes are said to be the ‘gateway to a person’s soul’, suggesting they could be soul mates, and therefore forever linked. Additionally, “stared together” could show the mutual love felt between them, however it also reiterates the link between them is the cause for Gatsby’s obsession as he is convinced Daisy is in love with him. This is restated in the phrase “alone in space” as it connotes that the link between them is personal and despite their surroundings, their focus is upon each other thus showing their love. In contrast, the fact that she “glanced down” could show that the feelings evoked in her are wrong as she is married to Tom. Daisy’s actions could be said to be typical of a woman in the 1920’s as this is when women became more sexually liberated and by her looking down, it could be seen as her trying to provoke him into desiring her further. Alternatively, it could be seen as...

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