In literature we have learned that tragic heroes have certain qualities and personality quirks that lead to their downfall. Do you think Gatsby is a tragic hero? If so, what are some of this compromising qualities? If not, why not? CH 7
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Gatsby may be seen as a tragic hero in that he "takes the fall" for another's sins. But, his "hubris" (overwhelming pride) in his wealth shows that he does not understand that his wealth will not ultimately win Daisy. He can flaunt his wealth as much as he chooses, but he will not be able to use it to achieve his most important goal and he simply does not see the truth of her attraction to Tom and the fact that she will stay with Tom.