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A Heroless Story Essay

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A Heroless Story
You can’t have a good story without a good hero, Fitzgerald did exact opposite of that in “The Great Gatsby”. Oxford dictionary defines hero as “a person, typically a man, who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities” (Oxford). There are no heroes in “The Great Gatsby”.
When you think of heroes in the story the first person you would claim to be the hero would be Nick Carraway, but he is not a hero. Nick Carraway is a liar, but he only lies a certain way, through omission. He would neglect to give out important details that would change the entire plot of the story exponentially in a positive manner. His first lie was when he neglected to tell Daisy of Tom’s affair with Myrtle Wilson. This is a characteristic of a good friend but not a hero. Ideally a hero would want to save as many people as possible through their actions, so whenever they act they are very careful to know exactly what will come from these actions, Nick Carraway doesn’t. Rather than being thoughtful he was almost like a loyal pet with multiple owners. Toward the end he knew that Daisy was driving the car that killed Myrtle Wilson, but did he act on that, no. If he was more active character, instead of just listening to everyone’s secrets but act upon the ones that had severe punishments, there wouldn’t be any death in this story. Nick Carraway is kind like the guy that would pick up if you called the suicide hotline but he would tell you to do anything. Nick Carraway is not a hero.
Tom Buchanan is the last person people would suggest for a hero and for good reason. First and foremost he is a hypocrite. He talks about how the white race is the superior and dominant race and should keep an eye on the other race making sure they don’t do anything. The irony he is dumb, this shows how self-conscious he is about himself. Later in the story at one of Gatsby parties he doesn’t want to be the “polo player” thinking it is negative. Then after he cheat on Daisy Buchanan with Myrtle Wilson, when Daisy Buchanan has an affair with Gatsby and she is in the wrong. First of cheating already disqualifies you from being a hero because it’s not a noble quality, but to have the nerve to attack someone for doing the exact same thing you did it is just wrong. Tom Buchanan is not a hero.
Jordan Baker is more of an instigator than anything else much less a hero. Whatever her small role in the story she actually played rather than be helpful she was just throwing gasoline to an already lit fire. She recognized that Daisy and Tom Buchanan marriage was starting to fall apart and caused some metaphorical sparks and flames, but then she decides to help Gatsby and through a propane tank in. Then she knows of Daisy’s affair with Gatsby, but doesn’t tell Tom anything. She is a lot like Nick Carraway, if they both were a slightly more active in their roles things wouldn’t have ended the way they did. Jordan Baker is not a hero.
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