Great Gatsby And Life And Loves Of Devil

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 different reasons for changing themselves, but both end up
almost in the same spot. In The Life and Loves of a She-Devil, Ruth is the
character that goes through the transformation. After being cheated on by her
husband, Bobbo, ridiculed by him in front of his parents, and basically deserted
with her two children and the dog, Ruth decides that she needs to make a change.

She wants to make Bobbo suffer for all the pain that he put her through. Ruth
goes to the extreme limits to make Bobbo suffer. In order to make him suffer,

Ruth has to change her whole life around. The first thing she does, is blow up
their house. Ruth wants to get rid of the past, so she can start a new. She then
drives over to Mary Fisher’s house, Bobbo’s mistress, and drops off the two
children with him. Next, Ruth gets a job at Restwood Retirement Home, the same
place where Mary Fisher’s mother was a resident. After a while, Ruth sets it
up so that Mrs. Fisher is kicked out of Restwood, and forced to move in with

Mary, Bobbo, and his two children. Then, Ruth starts to work on herself. She
changes her name to Vesta Rose, and starts the Vesta Rose Agency. This agency is
a "temp" service that trains women basic secretarial skills, and even gets
them jobs. While working there, Ruth starts sneaking into Bobbo’s office in
the city with the spare key she still had. Ruth would transfer money from

Bobbo’s clients’ accounts to Ruth and Bobbo’s joint account. She would
then spend this money on anything she needed, including plastic surgery for
herself. Olga, the banker that got her job from the Vesta Rose Agency, would
make sure that Bobbo never saw any of the bank statements. Bobbo then gets
audited, and then arrested. Ruth gets another job as the nanny at Judge

Bishop’s house, the same judge on Bobbo’s trial. After sleeping with him
many times, Ruth convinces Judge Bishop to sentence Bobbo to seven years in
jail. While he’s in jail, Mary has to care for the children and her mother.

Ruth ultimately destroys both of their lives. I think that Ruth was very
successful in her destruction of Bobbo. She made him feel unloved and unwanted,
which was exactly how he made her feel when they were together. Through her
destruction of Bobbo, Ruth re-invented herself. Physically, she had plastic
surgery done, so she would not have such a ghastly appearance. Emotionally, Ruth
made many changes. She no longer let people take advantage of her. Nobody could
tell her what to do, and it seemed like nothing could get in her way. Also, she
found a new level of confidence, which powered her in her quest for revenge. I
do think that Ruth may have gone a little overboard, but everything worked out
the way that she wanted it to. When Ruth was together with Bobbo, she could not
voice her opinion on any subject. She was always told what to do, and she could
not argue with him. When Bobbo leaves her, Ruth decides that that is the last
straw. Blowing up her house, shows that Ruth can be independent. She now has to
live on her own, and not get supported by Bobbo. Ruth also sheds her "good
girl" image. She begins stealing money, manipulating people, and she becomes
ruthless. Ruth stops trying to please other people, and only tries to please
herself. In The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby is the character that re-invents
himself. When Gatsby goes off to fight in the war, Tom Buchanan takes Daisy away
from him. Daisy began to feel lonely, so she decides to marry Tom, because he is
very, very rich. When Gatsby returns from the war and finds his Daisy married to

Tom, he is devastated. He then decides that he will do any, and everything, in
his power to get Daisy back. After examining the situation very carefully,

Gatsby realizes that the only way to get Daisy back, is through money. Soon
after, he starts gambling, bootlegging, and taking part in organized crime.

Gatsby gains his