The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essays

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Tragedy is an event causing great suffering, destruction, and distress. (The Definition of Tragedy). Both F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, and Tennessee Williams play, A Streetcar Named Desire, contain a character who undergoes a number of tragedies. In The Great Gatsby, main character Jay Gatsby is an extravagant, rich man who works hard for his fortunes and lives in a mansion located in West Egg. In A Streetcar Named Desire, Blanche Dubois comes from wealth and acts very prim and proper to deflect from the misfortunes her life entails. Jay Gatsby is the architect of his life, but Blanche Dubois is destroyed by the world in which she lives in. She is more sinned against than sinned. Jay Gatsby leads himself to his main tragedy when he purposely moves in order to rekindle a relationship with Daisy. He also willfully takes the blame for Daisy’s car accident, which, in turn, results in his death. In contrast, Blanche Dubois is a victim of multiple losses in her life, including Belle Reve, her job, and Mitch. Following the traumatic experiences in Laurel, Stanley Kowalski destroys her by the physical and emotional pain he inflicts on her. Jay Gatsby creates a disastrous life of his own, while Blanche Dubois tries to escape hers. Throughout five years of Jay Gatsby’s life, he becomes obsessive over the love of his life Daisy, yet does not have the chance to meet in person. Gatsby’s sadness roots back to the fact that he constantly thinks of Daisy but does not…

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