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How are male and female relationships represented in The perks of being a Wallflower and The great Gatsby?

In both of these books the leading female roles play the damsel in distress, there are a lot of influences on why this happens, all of which become apparent throughout the novels. Beginning with The perks of being a Wallflower, Sam who is the leading female character is dependent on her current boyfriend Craig. Daisy, the lead female character in The Great Gatsby is in a similar situation in which she is besotted with Tom. In both of these novels and in most stories in which male and female relationships are the main focus, the woman tends to pick the man who treats her badly as opposed to the hero.
In The perks of being a Wallflower Sam stays with Craig because she thinks that she is in love with him and that he feels the same, the reality is quite different. Charlie the main male character notices that this is not the case. “He would think that the reason the photograph was beautiful was because of how he took it, I would know the only reason it was beautiful was because of Sam” Charlie does not refer to Craig by his name, he calls him ‘He’ this shows how he dislikes Craig because he doesn’t like to say his name. It also shows the opposites, Charlie is younger than Sam so he is quite innocently viewing the situation and thinking how Craig is treating Sam badly by doing this whereas Craig is older than Sam and more mature, he sees his work as something to be proud of because of how it turned out. Both male characters are completely different. This quote also shows the way in which Craig see’s Sam, he has no interest in her as a person, all he cares about is what’s on the outside. He has a control over Sam which even she knows “you know, I blamed Craig for not letting me do things? Maybe he didn’t encourage me to do things, but he didn’t prevent me from…...

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