Gatsby VS Ruth

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Gatsby vs. Ruth: The Battle of Self-Creation In Fay Weldon’s The Life and Loves of a She-Devil, and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, the main characters, Ruth and Gatsby, go through a process of re-inventing themselves. Each character tries to change themselves so they can, in some way, improve their lives. Though each character tries to re-invent themselves, both of their reasons for doing so are completely different. The characters may have …

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…that she killed Myrtle, and that was the reason why George killed Gatsby, then himself. Weldon and Fitzgerald both intrigue us with their tales of self-invention. Each use, basically, the same methods for their re-creations, but each use different modus operandi. Weldon uses revenge as the path to a better self, and Fitzgerald uses love as his path. It does not matter which path they took, they both ended up in the same spot: Guilt.