The Great Gatsby Tragic Hero Analysis

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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 …show more content…
In contrast, Gatsby does not see that flattering a married woman is an unreasonable act, but, nonetheless he still tries to pursue Daisy. After he is abandoned by his daughters, King Lear says, “I’ll pray, and then I’ll sleep” (Shakespeare, 3.4.25). This marks the change in the tragic hero’s perception, but it is too late, because he has already given away the kingdoms and power to his daughters and they are not going to give it back. He has already fell into the mistake of trusting the love of his devious daughters instead of Cordelia. The conflict of the play has already taken place, and this is difficult to reverse. In contrast, throughout the middle of the novel, Gatsby continues on the plight to acquire an irrational love. Gatsby invites Nick and Daisy to his place after the meeting at Nick’s. He wants to show Daisy his mansion, which Nick described as glamorous and fancy. “‘Your place looks like the World’s Fair.’ I said” (Fitzgerald, 63). “‘I want you and Daisy to come over to my house,” he said, “I’d like to show her around” (Fitzgerald, 69). His reliance on material possessions to pursue a hopeless relationship with Daisy will lead him to his ultimate tragic …show more content…
The death of Cordelia, which triggers the death of King Lear. “Upon such sacrifices, my Cordelia, The gods themselves throw incense” (Shakespeare, 5.3.22). He had the love he needed, but he was blind to seeing it, does not accept it, and eventually loses it. As soon as he loses his only love, he ultimately loses himself. On the way, they coming back from New York, Daisy drives a car and accidentally hits and kills Myrtle. However, Gatsby takes the blame for her. Myrtle’s husband, Wilson decides to take revenge on Gatsby and eventually shoots him to death. “What if I did tell him? That fellow had it coming to him. He threw dust into your eyes just like he did in Daisy’s, but he was a tough one. He ran over Myrtle like you’d run over a dog and never even stopped his car.” (Fitzgerald, 136). Because of Gatsby’s bad decision to pursue a married woman, he created an environment where there is conflict between people towards him. He created enemies for himself, because he decides to defend Daisy on account of his own

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