The Great Gatsby Tragic Hero

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In the novel the Great Gatsby, by Scott Fitzgerald, the main character Jay Gatsby continues to get sympathy from the reader throughout the novel. Some readers believe that the events that happened to him were just bad luck. Furthermore, Gatsby can be read as just a victim of a society that is extremely exclusive. What the reader does not see is that are several elements of a tragic hero and Gatsby possesses all of them. By analyzing his character traits, it is clear that Gatsby is a tragic hero.
Gatsby is shown as a rich man who lives and extravagant lifestyle, “here was music from my neighbor 's house through the summer nights. In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.”(49)
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Moreover, this makes readers relate more to James Gats, instead of Jay Gatsby. The sympathy comes from Gatsby’s journey to the upper class. He started as someone that worked a modest job, and served his country before he became successful. This gives the reader a sense that Gatsby is close to what we are, but he just elevated in class. We relate to Gatsby 's early beginning and his original aspirations but not how his choices affected his actions. FitzGerald showing us two sides of Gatsby to gain enough sympathy in order to forget his flaws, making him a tragic hero. Gatsby’s fatal flaw is that he is arrogant and over confident. His confidence and extreme determination help him gain success, but it is not in a legal way. He distributed illegal substances which taints his previous goal of gaining the …show more content…
Even though Gatsby was not the best person in his society, he did not deserve to die. Wilson blamed Gatsby for the death of Myrtle and killed him. Although, Wilson killed Gatsby out of frustration of his own life, he just needed someone else to take some of the pain that he endured, “It was after we started with Gatsby toward the house that the gardener saw Wilson 's body a little way off in the grass, and the holocaust was complete.” (167) Wilson would get beaten down time and time again by society, while Gatsby seemed to go through life untouchable. Wilson had been honest to some extent, faithful to his wife, and dedicated to his legal job. Despite all of these things his life fell apart. Since Gatsby was not responsible for the death of Myrtle, he gains sympathy because his punishment did not fit his crime. It is bad enough that he did not get Daisy, but he is also framed for killing Myrtle. His extreme demise makes the reader forget about all of the bad things that he had done in the past. His death hides his decisions and fatal flaws. By the end of the novel, Wilson is portrayed as the villain while Gatsby is seen as a innocent

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