Similarities Between Harold Fry And The Great Gatsby

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Both protagonists, Harold Fry and The Great Gatsby have a contrast roll throughout the progression of the novels. In The Great Gatsby, the author Fitzgerald does not reveal who Gatsby is, whereas in The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry novel, the author allows the reader the significant role of Harold Fry. In the novel it quotes “ "She never loved you, do you hear?” he cried. “She only married you because I was poor and she was tired of waiting for me. It was a terrible mistake, but in her heart she never loved any one except me..." Gatsby speaks with a declaration, but it is also tinged with a love of the past, and what that past might have meant in his own mind, another vision of the "Platonic conception of self." ( Fitzgerald 34). Gatsby declares to Tom about how Daisy never loved him, and she
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As the conversation progresses, Gatsby realizes that Daisy does not want to be with him, and the past cannot be undone. Gatsby struggles with depression, and does not reach his goal. Gatsby wants to recreate his past with Daisy but he realizes that Daisy does not want to relive the past.The events lead Gatsby to death, because he was fighting for Daisy and blames himself when Daisy murdered Myrtle. In the Unlikely Pilligame of Harold Fry novel, his goal was to fix the past which was unsuccessful. “He understood that in walking to atone for the mistakes he had made, it was also his journey to accept the strangeness of others.”( Joyce 23). Harold realizes that his past has made him distance himself from others which affected him due to being lonely. His journey has helped Harold to accept his past and live in the present. The contrast between the novels is that, Harold was successful due to moving on from his past, and Gatsby was not, because of the negative events he was
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