The Great Gatsby, By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

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In many literary masterpieces ‘Outsiders’ are projected as alien characters evoking the curiosity and inquisitiveness of their audience and reader. These mysterious characters are often marginalised from the mainstream society as a result of social prejudice, isolation and their true tragic heroic character. As Othello, Gatsby and Heathcliff are victims, they successfully provide a close insight into the anxieties and conflicts of society in their day by introducing the social stigmas an outsider would have been exposed to in their contemporary times. Othello’s character is a reflection of those victims who in retrospect have tolerated constant racial discrinimation resulting in instability and homicide around the character. Whereas in Brontë work, Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff’s cynical-romantic nature reflects victims who have been engulfed by obsession when in love. This long desire to be loved leads to Heathcliff seeking revenge. Fitzgerald contrastingly creates Gatsby as a motif to assert that the American dream is flawed as his victimisation of acceptance and love triggers alienation, which leads to tragic self-destruction.

Racial discrimination has been prevalent since the dawn of mankind, as those subjected to prejudice merely due to complexity have been portrayed as ‘strange’ and ‘different’. This alienation drives all male protagonists to become outsiders as they initially ‘do not belong to a particular group or organisation’, a disposition of an outsider. In…

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