Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, are novels that detail the tragic rise and fall of two heroes, Okonkwo and Jay Gatsby. Two men who represent the quintessential rags to riches story romanticized by Western literature; ironically destroyed by this same society. Through Okonkwo, we see the destruction of his culture; the culture that he devoted his whole life to, only to see it crushed by European colonists. Jay Gatsby illustrates a man who came from a modest, rural upbringing, only to rise to the upper echelon of American society. A man blessed with insurmountable determination, but also cursed by this determination. This doesn’t only stand as an aphorism for Jay Gatsby, but Okonkwo as well. Gatsby and Okonkwo are essentially the same character, but just as any character they’re also stacked with a variety of differences.
For instance, Okonkwo grew up in an African village in Nigeria. He grew up in a very poor family, his father was the town drunkard, who drank “gourds of palm wine”, and went into an insurmountable amount of debt. As detailed in the book Unoka,Okonkwo’s father, would “if any money came his way, and it seldom did, he immediately bought gourds of palm-wine, called round his neighbors and made merry.”(4) But, the most exhibiting symbol of his father’s weakness was his inability to grow yams. Yams are considered to be a sacred crop in Igbo culture. It stands as a sign of their prosperity (their ability to take care of their family), a way to weed out the weak from the strong, a form of social Darwinism. As a man procures more and more yams, he is rewarded with more wives thus expanding his lineage. Okonkwo was a very prosperous yam farmer that was mainly driven by hi...
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...Daisy ends up running over Myrtle, Gatsby feels obliged to take the blame to protect Daisy. To preserve the American Dream, to preserve what he fought for. He is eventually killed for this action by George, Myrtle’s husband.
Although their demises are very different, they both die in an attempt to preserve the lifestyle they have fought so endlessly to have. For Okonkwo it was fighting off the influence of Western culture and religion, to preserve his culture and dying on top. He wanted his son to follow in his footsteps; to become the glorious warrior that he, Okonkwo, strived his whole life to become. For Gatsby it was preserving an idea, an idea that stood as a tenet for the society that he devoted his life to, but he was never able to love Daisy and live the prototypical “American Dream”. They stand as cautionary tales to the downfalls of greed and insecurity.
F. Scott Fitzgerald in his novel The Great Gatsby and Richard Wright in Native Son both portrayed protagonists that had come from poverty, but reached for their dreams. Gatsby was raised on a farm in a disadvantaged area of North Dakota, and would stop at nothing to gain enough wealth to never be connected to poverty again. He even went as far as changing his name from James Gatz to Jay Gatsby. Bigger Thomas lived in a tiny, single room apartment on the Chicago South Side with his mother, sister and brother. Both men were embarrassed about and despised the poverty they were born into. Jay and Bigger sought to improve their situations. They placed their futures in the hands of society and the external forces around them such as money and power. Although Jay Gatsby and Bigger Thomas came from impoverished neighborhoods and rose to different places in society, both men saw money as a way to better their circumstances, they both turned to crime in pursuit of finding their identity and used self-invention to claim it and eventually, both fell victim to the unraveling of their dreams.
Gatsby’s obsession with Daisy leads to his death when he allows Daisy to drive his car when they go home from the city. Gatsby was so devoted Daisy that he would not let her take the blame for hitting and killing Myrtle. When no one confessed for the crime, George Wilson started to go from garage to garage trying to find the owner of the yellow car that killed his wife. Eventually, George arrived at the Buchanan residence, where Tom insinuated that Gatsby was the one who was driving the car and who was Myrtle’s lover. While George was at their house, Daisy did not come forward and reveal that she was the one driving the car, letting George believe Gatsby was at fault. Gatsby was shot and killed in his pool by George Wilson the next day as a result of Myrtle’s
George Wilson who is married to Myrtle, and Tom Buchanan, married to Daisy, are most responsible for Gatsby's death. Wilson went up to Tom asking who owned the yellow car that killed his wife. Tom revealed that it was Gatsby’s car knowing that Wilson had intentions of killing whoever owned the car, yet Tom didn’t add in the fact that Daisy was driving. Gatsby did have a relationship with Daisy, and Tom knew about it. Tom allowed Daisy to go in Gatsby’s car back to West Egg to prove that he did not care if Daisy and Gatsby were together, had Tom not let Daisy go in Gatsby’s car, both Myrtl...
“‘He wants to know,’ continued Jordan, ‘if you’ll invite Daisy to your house some afternoon and then let him come over.’” (Fitzgerald 78). This quote demonstrates that Gatsby is trying to see Daisy without Tom so that he can talk to her and get her to be with him instead of Tom. This is Greedy because Gatsby doesn’t care that Tom might love Daisy or that Daisy might love Tom, he just wants Daisy to fall in love with him again. This causes the ruin of Gatsby because Tom tells George that Gatsby is the person that ran over Myrtle. Once George knew who ran over Myrtle, he then went to Gatsby’s house and shot Gatsby before killing himself. Due to Gatsby’s greed, he caused his own death. Greed is a villain because it causes Gatsby to almost ruin Daisy’s marriage and also causes Gatsby’s
Perhaps one of the greatest ways Fitzgerald establishes the horrific times of the 1920s occurs when he evokes sympathy for Gatsby regarding his tragic death and the after affects. One night, after being in New York City for the day, Daisy and Gatsby are driving back to Daisy’s home. Daisy’s husband, Tom, has not remained faithful to her since their wedding day and he is in an affair with a woman named Myrtle Wilson. The road from New York City back to Daisy’s home travels past the home of Myrtle Wilson. As Daisy and Gatsby are driving by, Myrtle sees the car and recognizes that Tom was driving it earlier. Thinking that Tom is currently driving the car, Myrtle thinks that Tom has come to get her and take her with him. Myrtle then runs out to the car, but the car does not stop because Daisy is driving it, and ends up accidentally hitting and killing Myrtle. However, when George Wilson finds out that his wife has been killed, he is wrongly told that Gatsby was the one driving the vehicle. George Wilson becomes so upset by this that he goes to Gatsby house and shoots him. This event creates sympathy for Gatsby because he gets killed for an crime that he did not commit. Gatsby’s tell also signifies his love for Daisy and how he was willing to take the blame for the murder, so that Daisy would not suffer any
Tom had money, Daisy knew this. She acknowledged that his money was inherited and that held the love in their relationship. She found that Gatsby grew up underprivileged, and he was supposed to inherit money from a man by the name of Dan Cody, but that opportunity fell through. Gatsby attempts to depict his life as though he inherited his money, but “even Daisy appears unable to cope with the reality of Gatsby’s lower class background”(W) Everyone that attends Gatsby’s lavish parties realize, “Gatsby is never truly one of the elite—his dream is just a facade”(W). As hard as Gatsby tried, everyone could see through his fabrications and lavish parties, most importantly Daisy. She knew his true background and didn’t love him because of it. She wanted a man whose money was inherited, not earned like Gatsby’s. “Both Gatsby and Tom Buchanan, Daisy's husband, possessed wealth. Gatsby at least used his wealth to seek out beauty and claim it for himself. Buchanan the lecher lacked any larger goals. In the end, Daisy chooses to remain with Buchanan, and Gatsby is murdered by the deranged husband of Myrtle Wilson, Buchanan's mistress, who had been accidentally run down and killed by Daisy. Buchanan serves as Gatsby's executioner; he allows George Wilson to believe that Gatsby had killed Myrtle” (Trask). Since his love for Daisy was steadfast, Jay Gatsby took the blame for killing
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald focuses on the lifestyle of a group of people who will do anything to accomplish their goals. The characters go through different changes that come to affect their life decisions and will cause them to lie, sacrifice and feel lonely in their lives. They live the American dream and have power but chase a dream that would affect and change their lifestyles. They judge and discriminate against one another not knowing they have a certain symbol in common in their lives. Their desire to accomplish their goals became a type of new life to the characters.
In the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare and the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the objective is to divulge the quintessence of humanity. Although the protagonists in both works of literature have drastically different journeys that lead to climactic endings, the use of plot is to demonstrate that the essence of mankind is ultimately a tragedy if great care is not taken. Both Hamlet and Jay Gatsby are unable to focus on the reality of the situation, and rather waste valuable time focusing on simply the appearance of things. However, Hamlet is a character completely consumed by despair and ultimately believes that life is futile. In contrast, Gatsby is a character who is rather obsessive of achieving the American Dream, and winning the love of Daisy, and is decisively far too anticipative.
George Wilson, who was the husband of Myrtle, knew nothing of the affair until later on. Also if Tom never had an affair with Myrtle the Daisy may not have had an affair with Gatsby which inevitably led to the death of both Myrtle and Gatsby. On page 124-125 Myrtle, while locked in the upstairs room, sees Tom driving the yellow car( Fitzgerald). Later on in the book, Myrtle ran out in front of the yellow car thinking that Tom was driving it (Fitzgerald Page 139). This set off a chain of events leading to the physical death of Gatsby. George was being driven to the brink of insanity because of the death of his wife, so when Tom told George that it wasn’t him, but Gatsby who was driving the yellow car, George thought he knew who to blame (Fitzgerald Page 140). Tom wanted to get the blame off of himself so he threw Gatsby to the dogs, but he may have fully believed that Gatsby was driving the yellow car when it hit Myrtle. To sum it up, however, Tom made George believe that Gatsby killed his wife which ended in the murder of Gatsby and the suicide of
She also tries to make herself feel better by cheating with Tom. We see that George is abusive but what we don't see is that George is hard-working and not cheating on his spouse. He's in a marriage with a woman who doesn't love or respect him, who walks through him as though he's a ghost; and meanwhile he just does what she says: "'Oh, sure,' agreed Wilson hurriedly." Eventually George ran Myrtle off one night and that just happened to be the night that Daisy had told Tom what Gatsby wanted her to say,"Oh, you want too much!" she cried to Gatsby. "I love you now – isn't that enough? I can't help what's past." She began to sob helplessly. "I did love him once – but I loved you too." Gatsby thought that he could repeat the past,“Can't repeat the past?....Well of course you can!”(Fitzgerald 6). That night and the next day were very tragic. Not only did Daisy kill Myrtle after the argument between all the parties of the infidelity but also Tom decided to blame Gatsby for the infidelity between Tom and
He becomes determined to get her back. His undying devotion to her is what inspires him to become a man of wealth which he believes will woo Daisy again. He goes to New York and asks Meyer Wolfsheim, who fixed the 1919 World Series, for a job. He goes into the shady business of bootlegging by taking advantage of Prohibition. In just years of doing this, he has acquired a large sum of money and bought a large mansion in West Egg, across to Daisy’s in East Egg. He starts hosting lavish parties and building up a reputation in hopes of getting her attention. He invites his neighbor Nick Carraway, Daisy’s second cousin, to his party. Through Nick’s connection with her, Gatsby finally reconnects with her. He invites her to one of his parties in which he’s attempting to please her. But to his dismay, she ends up disliking it. Nevertheless their affair begins. Daisy invites Nick and Gatsby over for lunch along with her friend, Jordan Baker, and husband, Tom. Following this, the group goes to the Plaza Hotel. In there, Tom, suspicious about their affair, confronts Gatsby about it. Gatsby declares that Daisy loves her more than him. She, reluctant to leave her husband, chooses Tom which disheartens Gatsby. On their drive back, Daisy, using Gatsby’s car, runs over Myrtle, which Gatsby takes the blame for her. Thereupon, he is shot by George Wilson, Myrtle’s husband, after Tom convinces him that he’s the killer. His funeral, consists only of three
Myrtle is, as Daisy, impressed with Tom's wealth and appearance, but, like Jay Gatsby, is stuck in a fantastic, idealized perception of her object of affection. Even when abused and trampled over by Tom, Myrtle continues to adore him, just as Gatsby continues to dote upon Daisy after being obviously rejected by her. As far as ethical considerations, Gatsby tends to prove himself a sincere and caring person, while Daisy and Tom just destroy the lives of two people and then leave town to escape the consequences of their actions.
The novel, The Great Gatsby focuses on one of the focal characters, James Gatz, also known as Jay Gatsby. He grew up in North Dakota to a family of poor farm people and as he matured, eventually worked for a wealthy man named Dan Cody. As Gatsby is taken under Cody’s wing, he gains more than even he bargained for. He comes across a large sum of money, however ends up getting tricked out of ‘inheriting’ it. After these obstacles, he finds a new way to earn his money, even though it means bending the law to obtain it. Some people will go to a lot of trouble in order to achieve things at all costs. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, The Great Gatsby, conveys the numerous traits of Jay Gatsby through the incidents he faces, how he voices himself and the alterations he undergoes through the progression of the novel. Gatsby possesses many traits that help him develop as a key character in the novel: ambitious, kind-hearted and deceitful all of which is proven through various incidents that arise in the novel.
...are shown that Gatsby is prepared to do everything in his power to acquire Daisy’s adoration again, even let her get away with murder and will blindly go to jail for her. This however only leads him to his ultimate doom, as he is killed by Myrtle’s husband, Wilson. He may be a liar, but readers empathize with him as his only fault for being dishonest is his love for Daisy and being so blind to see that she is not worthy of that adoration.