Nick knows that Daisy will not call; she will not be leaving Tom to be with Gatsby. The dream of Gatsby marrying Daisy is dead, as she has chosen Tom. The night before he saw them make up and tries to get Gatsby to go home. Gatsby doesn’t leave because he is waiting for Daisy’s signal from her bedroom. Once again Nick is withholding information.
The tragic hero is a character whose tribulation comes unwanted, but also by some error in judgment. This judgment error leads to characters own downfall. Aristotle has said that “A man doesn’t become a hero until he can see the root of his own destruction” (Carli 2015). Most of histories early plays were written as either a tragedy or comedy. In tragic plays, the unlikely hero will do something that will kill the character.
Whereas, Edgar Allen Poe, author of The Cask of Amontillado, uses an ambiguous relationship between Fortunato, a man full of ego and arrogance, who wrongs protagonist Montresor. In both stories, the Antagonists believe themselves above the laws of society and nature; and this ultimately leads their respective demises. The arrogant never realize that their own arrogance leads to their downfall. The characters,
In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, main character Jay Gatsby is blinded by the fantasy of transforming himself into a famous figure of wealth and social status and, as a result, winning over his love, Daisy. When Gatsby fails to reach these goals, his fantasy world comes crumbling down. Therefore, Gatsby is essentially an idealist who is destroyed by his inability to accept reality. Gatsby’s
They probably would have had a somewhat normal relationship if it wasn't for their parents. Juliet’s father, Lord Capulet, had his opinions and ideas about what Juliet’s future was going to look like. He came to Juliet demanding that she marry Paris because he thought it would make her happy after losing Tybalt. But to his dismay, she refused and said “Not proud you have, but thankful that you have/ Proud can I never be of what I hate/ But thankful even for hate that is mean love/” (3.5.151-153). Juliet explains to her father that she’ll never marry Paris, this is because she’s loyal to Romeo and staying married to Romeo is what her heart desires.
Gatsby’s purpose is to revive his dreams of the past in which he lead a life alongside Daisy. However, his goals of reliving the past are unrealistic and impossible since Daisy is a married woman. Gatsby’s attachment to his fantasy led him to make unwise decisions such as leaving the hotel with Daisy and letting Daisy drive. To Gatsby Daisy was perfection and was the driving force of his life. His attachment to the relationship he shared with her in the past led him to fall into uncertain business and rise in wealth.
Even the title "tragic hero" sounds melodramatic. According to Aristotle, a tragic hero should have a certain traits. He decided that they should be pitied, they should disrespect the natural order, reverse their fate, have a tragic flaw, make an important discovery, and be put in an unavoidable situation (Meirow). In the book, The Great Gatsby, while Jay Gatsby is frantically searching for the American Dream, he displays each of the previous traits. His tragic flaw ends up killing him, affecting those close to him.
When Desdemona marries Othello, she neglects to ask for her father’s permission for the courtship and wedding. Desdemona’s love for Othello is so blinding and abundant that she forgets to ask the most important person who loves her for a blessing. This neglect of her loyalty to her father bring shame upon her father which makes him appear that he has no control over his household, implying weakness in his leadership. Desdemona and Othello’s courtship seriously offends Desdemona’s father which puts the both of their lives at risk.
The shirts symbolize the change in Gatsby from when he was younger to the present (poor to wealthy). Daisy likes when Tom buys shirts because they represent the money he has to buy those shirts and when Gatsby shows her the shirts he had bought for himself she is shocked by the difference of what he was in the past to now. Gatsby wants a better life and thinks he can do it if he puts his mind to it, which is also a part of the American Dream (success/fame). However, Gatsby's dream collapses when he fails to win Daisy. All his money also cannot help him when George Wilson kills him in his swimming pool.
Tom lies to Myrtle about Daisy’s religious affiliations to get out of marrying her, and Daisy can’t bring herself to completely cut ties with Tom to recreate the past with Gatsby. They never think of their partners and equals, with Daisy showing disdain for Gatsby’s parties, and Tom harshly reminding Myrle of her place in the lower class. They take away the choice of their partners, returning to their comfortable positions at the top of society, the position they were born into, when all is said and done. In the middle are the social climbers, who, although not born wealthy, try in their own ways to reach that status, and are ultimately thwarted because of their starting point; they struggled against the current of a harsh and indifferent world and got swept away. For example, Myrtle is a resident of the Valley of Ashes.