A Person Of Exceptional Courage And Strength Is Called A Hero

1070 Words Apr 11th, 2016 5 Pages
A person of exceptional courage and strength is called a hero. According to the English literary scholar A.C Bradley, a tragic hero is someone of high class, who has a character flaw, which eventually lead them to their downfall. The Great Gatsby is a story about Jay Gatsby, a man who orders his life around one desire: to be re-associated with the love he lost five years ago, who is a married woman called Daisy Buchanan. Gatsby’s quest leads him from poverty to wealth, into the arms of his beloved, and eventually to death. Similarly, the character King Lear in William Shakespeare’s play always wants love from his daughters but cannot realize true love. His blindness and lack of wisdom causes him to lose the daughter who truly loves him and this finally leads him to death. In both texts King Lear and The Great Gatsby, there are a tragic heroes, King Lear and Jay Gatsby. King Lear lacks love because of his pride. In contrast, Gatsby has too much love because he is naive. However, both of the character flaws lead them to the same ending — death. In the beginning of the stories, King Lear and Jay Gatsby are both very wealthy and stand at the top of the social classes. King Lear rules the whole country, but he makes a bad decision, by dividing his kingdom into three parts amongst his daughters. He only gives the responsibilities of ruling kingdoms to his daughters, but still wants to keep his title as king. “Meantime we shall express our darker purpose. —Give me the map there.…

Related Documents