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In "The Great Gatsby" By F. Scott Fitzgerald And "The Stone Angel" By Margaret Laurence Both Main Characters Are Tragic Heroes.

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Argumentative EssayIn "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald and "The Stone Angel" by Margaret Laurence both main characters are tragic heroes and have a strong sense of dignity (pride) . You may ask yourself what is a tragic hero? A tragic hero is someone who has the potential for greatness but yet he or she is doomed to fail because of a certain situation they are put in. Tragic heroes become tragic heroes by decision he or she have made in bad judgment. Because of this judgment they are forced to live their life's with it. A great example of a tragic hero is Hamlet, he has the potential to be great but chooses revenge and in return dies because of it. Another strong component of both novels is dignity, they both have the same flaw (which is another characteristic of a tragic hero, a tragic flaw). Dignity can be looked as a good quality in most cases but in the case in these two novels it is not. The pride and dignity allowed them the inability to display any type of emotion. Gatsby was not able to display his love for Daisy and Hagar was unable to display her emotions towards anyone in her family (primarily Ben) . People are drawn to tragic heroes because of pity, it begs the question what if? What if they were to make a different decision, would their life be that different? This essay will examine why Gatsby and Hagar are tragic heroes and what makes them similar and different."The Great Gatsby", what a great name. The name plays a important role in the novel as well as in this report. "Great" Gatsby it is such a epic name, much like Gatsby himself. He exudes confidence and assertiveness but in reality he is scared. Gatsby has anything a man could ask for, a mansion and girls throwing themselves at him but yet he is still unhappy, why you may ask? He is yet to find true love (sooooo cliché). It could be said that Gatsby pursues this lavish lifestyle for hopes of meeting with Daisy again. This shows Gatsby's inability to display emotion because Gatsby met daisy while he was serving in the war but was unable to display his true feelings, as well he shows his sense of pride but revealing himself as a mysterious guy. The real reason he is a mystery is because he is to proud to tell onlookers and so called friends how he has made his fortune and where he came from. Just in case you may not know, he is alcohol smuggler, in the 1920's prohibition was in affect as well he comes from a poor family. Gatsby simply has to much pride to tell everyone, this sense of pride really stems from his fear of what people may think. Gatsby remains a mystery to the reader for the first couple of chapter, this again is particularly important because it shows Gatsby how people living in west egg would have viewed him. Gatsby is that kid that is always trying to be funny and make jokes because the kid may fear what people might think. Even though Gatsby made is fortunes from illegal activities, he still has the potential to be great, yet was doomed to...

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