To What Extent Can Gatsby Be Considered a Tragic Hero?
Before we can judge if Jay Gatsby is a tragic hero, we should look at the exact deﬁnition of a tragic hero. According to the classic deﬁnition, a tragic hero is a «great or virtuous character in a dramatic tragedy who is destined for downfall, suffering, or defeat»1, and Oedipus, from the Greek Legends, is deﬁned as the classic tragic hero.
So, is Gatsby then a classic tragic hero, by deﬁnition? ! Even if the book itself is called «Great Gatsby», is Jay really great? From the text, we know that he came from a poor family, and made his fame and money through illegal business, and created a fake world of his own surrounding his reality, because he never accepted reality as it was. He …show more content…
Because the child is a physical, real thing serves as a barrier that separates Gatsby and Daisy’s revived relationship, or rather his fantasy of a perfect relationship and reality. This illustrates how Gatsby’s fantasy is very vulnerable to interruption, and also foreshadows his downfall as soon as too much interruption happens - in this case, Daisy killing Myrtle. Because Gatsby idealises Daisy, he cannot accept that she has done something as horrible as a murder, and so takes the blame. And so, the chain of events leads to him being shot, and his