Gatsby, A Tragic Love & Life When reading the book, The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, a person might think about the betrayal, or the lonely ending of such an outgoing personality like Jay Gatsby. However, someone might not make the association with the character being a classic example of a tragic hero. This is a fatal error for someone analyzing the book because it robs the reader of vital understanding. Gatsby is in fact a tragic hero because he shows three Aristotelian characteristics of a tragic hero, Hamartia, Peripeteia, and hubris, he displays naivety believing he ca repeat the past, and his character represents a greater symbol, the decaying American Dream. According to Aristotle there are five defining characteristics of a classic
Wallowing in his despair, Gatsby laments at how the consequences of his broken dreams- his obsession and fantasy of Daisy-has essentially drained the life and joy out of his world. Fitzgerald’s use of diction and characterization help to illustrate the full devastation of Gatsby’s loss. By describing Gatsby’s hopelessness and his eventual death, Fitzgerald argues that the fundamental nature of dreams, or rather, the object of a dream, can be corruptible, deceptive, and futile. Fitzgerald starts his biography of Gatsby with the assertion that Gatsby’s romantic and joyful sentiments have been perverted by his heart-breaking rejection. By describing Gatsby’s newfound apathy, melancholy, and pessimism, Fitzgerald portrays the corruptible nature
The Calamity of an author To write means more than putting pretty words on a page; the act of writing is to share a part of yourself with the world. everything that an author goes through effects their writing. As through the hardest times, though, comes great beauty and thought. Francis scott fitzgerald, the author of The Great Gatsby, has gone through many phases of grief and helplessness. Even though he has lost his love, he has written of a new one.
This painting illustrates the fatal outcome of Icarus. One way the painting shows neglect is the carelessness to notice people in need. In the bottom corner of the painting you can clearly see a young boy, feet up, drowning in the water (Brueghi). Also in the painting there is a ship, a plowman, and a sheep herder looking away from the dying boy (Brueghi). These details in the painting undoubtedly demonstrates that neglect is a problem.
In the dystopian novella Anthem by Ayn Rand, once the main character is able to question his society’s lifestyle, he is able to see their dystopian qualities, and manages to flee. In the end of the novella, when the main character states, “I am done with the monster of ‘We’, the word of serfdom, of plunder, of misery, falsehood and shame. And now I see the face of god…,” he is showing that he is free from his old ways and his crippling society. It was him criticizing his society that led to his freedom. Another example is the American Revolution.
In Conclusion, ‘Of Mice and Men’ is a novel which deepens our understanding of the theme of hopes and dreams. By analysing Steinbeck’s use of characterisations, imagery and key incidents we can see that the idea of hope causes more suffering and dreams are unattainble and cannot be achieves and the american dream is a myth.
Author Zig Ziglar once said, “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” His words perfectly embody what Jay Gatsby ignores in the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The author spends the whole novel setting up and describing the American Dream and their effect on the characters, especially Gatsby’s corrupted version of that dream. Fitzgerald, however, writes his opinions of this idea from a pessimistic point of view. These negative ideals have led to his powerful message of his novel which is that attempting to achieve one’s unrealistic goals will lead to failure in life because it causes them to forget about the reality of their lives. Gatsby’s dream and adventure towards reaching Daisy’s heart led to his own demise.
In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald introduces a theme surrounding human nature and his cynicism towards humans. His cynicism is derived from the human habit that in order to move on with life, a person must first accept the past and fully focused on the future. These views draw a parallel to one’s past experiences and dream fulfillment, in which you must accept your past in order to live your dream. Most of his views of cynicism are shown through the main character, Jay Gatsby, and Daisy Buchanan. Gatsby is shown to be very desperate for wealth, despite his poor past.
From Heroine To Sinner In D.H. Lawrence’s essay, “On The Scarlet Letter”, he rips apart the character from the novel The Scarlet Letter. The motive of his essay is to show how Hester Prynne should not be praised for the sin she commits in the story. D.H. Lawrence expresses his dislike towards Hester by using concise syntax, biblical allusions, and a mocking tone throughout his essay. Lawrence’s brief syntax displays the disgust he has towards Hester and allows him to employ other effective literary devices. Lawrence introduces the idea that the Hester is the wrong character to be admired.
Mary Shelley described it as “I saw with shut eyes, but acute mental vision, -the pale student of unhallowed arts standing before the thing he had put together, I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out…His success would terrify the artist; he would rush away from his odious handiwork, horror stricken” However, the novel was not only created from a dream; there were many influences in Shelley’s life that had an effect on the book. An example of this would be “Paradise lost” by John Milton, which illustrates creation of man and the “downward spiral” due to misbehavior. This can be seen in Shelley’s novel where Dr. Frankenstein disobeys God by thinking he can create life, which leads him to misery and death. Another influence is Mary Shelley’s life, which contain numerous deaths, such as her mother, half-sister, Percy’s wife, and her own children. This can be the reason as to why the Dr. Frankenstein experienced abundant deaths in his life.