The Great Gatsby

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1. Does this novel have villains and heroes? Why, why not? If yes, who fits into these categories?

2. Nick is both part of the action and acting as aj objective commentator. Does this narration style work? Why, why not? Who had Nick been writing letters to back home?

3. How did Fitzgerald use weather to reflect the mood of the story?


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I think that Great Gatsby has antagonists but not villains as we would find in the context of escape fiction. Generally Tom Buchanan is a very unsympathetic character. If you really want a villain, he might qualify. He is entitled, racist, self absorbed and vindictive.

This novel does not have clear villains and heroes because everyone is a mixture of some positive qualities and some very negative ones. Gatsby might be the closest thing the novel has to a "hero"; he is romantic and idealistic, and he doesn't have any really terrible personal qualities besides the fact that he's a serial liar and a criminal who makes his money by breaking the law. None of these people are perfect, but they're not villains, either. If there is a villain, it's Tom. One might have trouble coming up with redeemable characteristics that Tom possesses. He's ignorant, closed-minded, abusive, dominating, and hypocritical. Yet, even Tom has a tender side. When he mentions some good times he and Daisy had earlier in their marriage, he seems genuine, as well as honestly hurt that Daisy might leave.