The Destruction Of Relationships In Gone Girl By Gillian Flynn

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In the amazing novel, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, she creates an interesting story to represent how a decaying economy can destroy a relationship. This is due to an economic hardship. As a side note the point of a gothic novel is to show a world or society decaying. Gillian Flynn used gothic settings, motifs, and the background of the characters to help convey her novel’s gothic theme about the destruction of relationships in a decaying economy. The settings contribute to the gothic mood in the novel by being either dreary or spooky. Now to explain a little better the two settings that are going to be focused on in this paper are Missouri and the mall. In every aspect of the book every time that Missouri is mentioned it always dark outside.…show more content…
They both end up losing their jobs and they both go into a depression where they do nothing. Although when Nick’s sister Margo calls it pushes Nick into talking Amy into moving back to his hometown North Carthage, Missouri because Nick’s mom has stage 4 cancer and was dying. He felt that it was best for him to deal with his mother’s soon to be passing by being home. Even though after Nick lost his job, Amy says “now he watches TV, surfs porn, watches porn on TV. He eats a lot of delivery food, the Styrofoam shells propped up near the overflowing trash can. He doesn't talk to me, as if the act of talking physically pains him and I am a vicious woman to ask it of him” (Flynn, 22). He completely stopped taking care for himself. Nick is a damsel in distress because he is so self-centered and feels that he is the only one in the world being affected by the economic decline that caused him particularly to lose his job. To make himself feel better Nick decided that the best way to do this is to start lying and cheating on his wife. Nick had a bad case of bad karma coming his way because Amy was not going to ignore his deceitful self. At the beginning of the novel it sounded like he knew Amy. When he says “I'd know her head anywhere. And what's inside it. I think of that, too: her mind. Her brain, all those coils, and her thoughts shuttling through those coils like fast, frantic centipedes. Like a child, I picture opening her skull, unspooling her thoughts (Flynn, 3).” Nick’s wrong doing ways give him a strange and creepy quality which helps show the gothic theme of this

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