Similarities Between Gatsby And Othello

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Customarily, an author will construct a narrative in which the protagonist, a character contrived to be implausible, as well as honorable is destined to decline along the path of tragedy leading to suffering and misfortune. Distinctive writing strategies corresponding to the theme, motifs, symbols and characters contently allow the scripter to plot the flaws dominating the descent of the advocate. Amongst Fitzgerald and Shakespeare’s central characters, Jay Gatsby and Othello, both filled with passionate love for their significant other are corrupted by their lack of judgement causing them to lose the one they lust over. Similarly, both characters originated from a meager past which they were forced to struggle to achieve a position where they …show more content…

The deception of the characters in Fitzgerald’s novel signifies the emptiness and artificial lifestyle of people in the 1920s. From a young age, Gatsby has never accepted the life he was born into, always seeking a way to participate in the abstract customs of the rich, resulting in his lies to convince Daisy as well of others of his rich background. Gatsby is presented as a character that has not been able to transition his life to the present day time period, keeping his eyes shut from the realities of his dreams, "Can't repeat the past? Why of course you can!"(Fitzgerald 116). In Gatsby’s attempt to change all the features he was born with, including his name, James Gatz, he fails to realize that his dreams are not worthy of him and he will never be able to achieve them. The fantasy Gatsby imagined himself living with Daisy is not able to compete with the reality of his situation as there are too many obstacles in his path, some he will never be able to conquer. Money, Daisy’s only true love drives the illusion that once Gatsby is wealthy he will be able to be together with Daisy regardless of their past history and the prior arrangements she has created. When Fitzgerald introduces Daisy’s child Pammy in chapter six, Gatsby who “kept looking at the child with surprise” (Fitzgerald 96) proved that he was emotionally to insecure to look past the delusion in his mind, and come to the tangibility that he will never be the primary focus of Daisy’s life. Consequently, Gatsby made himself out to be his own victim of illusion, living a life that developed from his imaginary perception. Moreover, Othello is seen as a respected, innocent figure repeatedly referred to by other characters as a God-like individual. Iago contributes to the tragic downfall of Othello, playing him like a fiddle. The human nature of Iago manipulates the trust

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