Character Analysis: The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby Essay - Prompt #3 In the book, ‘The Great Gatsby’, F. Scott Fitzgerald had a variety of different character but does not give his readers a formal hero. Ruther, Fitzgerald portrays Gatsby as a tragic hero. This reveals the parallel attempt of Gatsby’s lost dream to people’s notion of the American dream. Gatsby’s dream of wealth and achieving his lost love, Daisy had consumed his life. He was caught in the illusion that one day he could be like the people who lived in East Egg, rich and famous. Along the way, Gatsby had lost sight of himself. His past was left to the strangers that attended his parties. “He’s a bootlegger,” (60) Young Ladies had gossiped to Nick. Giving Nick the rumours of Gatsby’s past and how he used to be. During which time, Gatsby’s view…show more content…
Gatsby was a poor young man who was drafted into war and later on made a living on trying to achieve the American Dream. Fitzgerald used Gatsby’s character as a way to show his readers the almost impossible journey someone had to go through to achieve their riches. The author incorporated the views and beliefs of his time by the T. J. Eckleberg billboard. The billboard represented the bright future ahead and the promised wisdom. But it’s location in the Valley of Ashes changed the concept of it’s meaning. Instead of achieving the American Dream, people would end up in the wasteland for the rest of their lives. “Jimmy was bound to get ahead…”(164) said Gatsby’s father. Like all the other parents who were chasing after the American Dream, Gatsby’s father, Henry Gatz had hope. Even after Gatsby died his father was proud of his son’s determination and success. Gatsby’s death was to symbolize just how close someone can get to achieving the Dream. But the notion will always be pursued. The American Dream would not be achieved because the desire for more will never be
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