Anti-Heroism In The Great Gatsby

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Greed, jealousy, power, dishonesty, selfishness, anger and betrayal, The Great Gatsby’s characters all possessed these filthy characteristics. These qualities are a sign of anti-heroism; the character that exhibits it the most is Jay Gatsby. This character does everything humanly possible to convince his great love, Daisy that he is worth her love. Even though Jay Gatsby was following his life-long dream he portrays an anti-hero because he pursued his dream in an unclean manner by being dishonest, greedy, and jealous. One of the characteristics that makes Jay Gatsby an anti-hero is dishonesty. Jay Gatsby deceiving, “I am the son of some wealthy people in the Mid-West all dead now” (Fitzgerald 64). This is a lie he tells everyone including Daisy. He was ashamed of his humble background, so he tells everyone that he comes from a wealthy family. The main reason why he invented this was because he fell in love with Daisy, a rich girl, which he knew she would not fall in love with a poor guy. "I thought …show more content…
He always wanted what other people had. Gatsby envied Tom because he married the love of his life. “I never loved him,” she said, with perceptible reluctance. “Not at Kapiolani?” demanded Tom suddenly. “No.” (Chapter 7). This made Gatsby jealous because Daisy denied her love for him. She could not tell Tom that she is in love with Gatsby, which made Gatsby think that she was in love with Tom. Gatsby assures, “Your wife doesn 't love you," said Gatsby quietly. "She 's never loved you. She loves me” (Gatsby wanted to make Tom jealous, but his bravery in this scene is indisputable. In this specific scene Gatsby shows a whole new character because he defends and fight for his love. He speaks with the truth and self-confident because he thought that Daisy would do the same, but she did not. Even though Daisy never risked anything for the love she felt for Gatsby, he always fought for her until the last minute he

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