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    Hi there,

    Was wondering if someone could help me with this essay question I am attempting. Have chosen Tom and Gatsby as the characters but not sure what points exactly to say regarding their relationship.

    "Choose a novel or short story which features a relationship between two characters which is confrontational or corrosive.
    Describe how the relationship is portrayed and discuss to what extent the nature of the relationship influences your understanding of the text as a whole."

    Thanks for any help guys.

    I can't remember that much about Gatsby so sorry if this makes little sense, but if I remember rightly Tom was racist and broke his girlfriend's nose after she jokingly called him a 'hulk of a man' or something like that? (Ironic really as he just proved her point). So in terms of confrontational relationships you could discuss how he treats her and I guess for the text as a whole you could throw in some context stuff about the position of women at the time, the stereotypical masculine but stupid man (obviously Nick and Gatsby don't fit in with this) and that kinda thing. I might just be talking rubbish but that's what I remember, hope this helps!
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