Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog Analysis

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During the writers’ strike of 2009, Joss Whedon and his team created a forty-five-minute long video entitled Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Decades earlier, writer Francis Scott Fitzgerald released his classic, The Great Gatsby. While it may not seem like they have anything in common at first glance, relationships in Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog by Joss Whedon were heavily influenced by the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, creating a classic “quest story” that draws the readers into the text by engaging them and inciting their sense of curiosity and adventure.
Daisy Buchanan of The Great Gatsby and Penny of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog are both portrayed as the male character’s main goal throughout the novel and video, respectively
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Horrible’s wants align- Billy believes that he can win Penny by getting into the ELE, which is Dr. Horrible’s goal. In fact, in one song where he is daydreaming about her and acceptance to the League, he sings, “and Penny will see the evil in me, not a joke, not a dork, not a failure. And she may cry but her tears will dry when I hand her the keys to a shiny new Australia” (Whedon, 2009, 26:06-26:24). Of course, we do not know for sure whether or not Penny would have gone with him. It is not every day someone offers a girl Australia, but it is also not every day acquaintance of hers reveals himself as a …show more content…
Their knowledge and powers aid the hero on his quest for the person. Billy’s helper is the aforementioned Moist. While Moist does not play a large role, his only power being the ability to make things moist, he always looks out for Billy and makes sure he takes care of himself (Whedon, 2009, 28:39-28:41). One can argue that Gatsby found a better helper in Nick Carraway. Nick’s relation to Daisy allows them to reunite, after Gatsby has Nick arrange a tea party (Fitzgerald, 2004, p. 79). While these powers are less literal than Moist’s, they greatly benefit Gatsby and the quest may have been impossible without his

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