A Heroless Story

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A Heroless Story You can’t have a good story without a good hero, Fitzgerald did exact opposite of that in “The Great Gatsby”. Oxford dictionary defines hero as “a person, typically a man, who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities” (Oxford). There are no heroes in “The Great Gatsby”. When you think of heroes in the story the first person you would claim to be the hero would be Nick Carraway, but he is not a hero. Nick Carraway is a liar, but he only lies a certain way, through omission. He would neglect to give out important details that would change the entire plot of the story exponentially in a positive manner. His first lie was when he neglected to tell Daisy of Tom’s affair with Myrtle Wilson. This is a characteristic of a good friend but not a hero. Ideally a hero would want to save as many people as possible through their actions, so whenever they act they are very careful to know exactly what will come from these actions, Nick Carraway doesn’t. Rather than being thoughtful he was almost like a loyal pet with multiple owners. Toward the end he knew that Daisy was driving the car that killed Myrtle Wilson, but did he act on that, no. If he was more active character, instead of just listening to everyone’s secrets but act upon the ones that had severe punishments, there wouldn’t be any death in this story. Nick Carraway is kind like the guy that would pick up if you called the suicide hotline but he would tell you to do anything. Nick Carraway is not a hero. Tom Buchanan is the last person people would suggest for a hero and for good reason. First and foremost he is a hypocrite. He talks about how the white race is the superior and dominant race and should keep an eye on the other... ... middle of paper ... ...There is a saying “Heroes aren’t born, they are made”, and I agree with this saying but Gatsby isn’t a hero. He has yet to realize that to be a hero requires you to sacrifice your dreams for others, Gatsby did not. He pursued his dream in such a creepy manner. Gatsby is not a hero. I used to think that you can’t have a good story without a hero, Fitzgerald proved me wrong. He wrote an amazing story without any actual heroes in it. Not one of the characters in the book was an actual hero. The closest person to a hero was Gatsby but, even so the way he got is not noble at all. A story without a hero may just be one of the best literature pieces of this century. Works Cited Fitzgerald, F. Scott, and Matthew J. Bruccoli. The Great Gatsby. New York, NY: Scribner, 1996. Print. "Hero." Oxford Dictionaries. Ed. Oxford. Oxford University Press, n.d. Web. 10 Dec. 2013.
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