The Great Gatsby

Question about The Great Gatsby

Hi there,

My name is Sano and I am a big fan of the Great Gatsby. This is a interesting article and I definitely enjoy it very much! However, is Gatsby heroic or tragic in your eyes? Do you sympathize with him and/or loathe him; how is he alike and different compare with our society; and, why is he considered a "timeless character" in literature?

Sincerely, Sano

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I think that Gatsby is largely a tragic figure. I think that we need to go to the root of Gatsby's obsession with Daisy and all things filthy rich. Fitzgerald's point is that the American dream is largely an illusion. The ability to "make it" is admirable but the reality of all the shiny opulence is rotten underneath. So, to answer your question, Gatsby simply buys into the corruption that most of the other characters do. The whole concept of the American Dream, money, Daisy, the parties was rotten before Gatsby decided that he wanted to be a part of it. In the end Gatsby could not maintain his illusion. As his dream vanishes, so does Gatsby.