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Who do you consider a hero in The Great Gatsby?

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Who do you consider a hero in The Great Gatsby? By Joshua Smith Jay Gatsby is an extremely interesting character. We find out about him through the eyes of Nick Carraway. In his life, he was always playing a role to the people around. An example of this is "he was balancing himself on the dashboard of his car with that resourcefulness of movement that is so particularly American" and his alteration of the past is another. His lying is blatant in some cases "I was brought up in America but educated at Oxford, because all my ancestors have been educated there for many years", and when questioned by Tom Buchanan about it, starts backtracking "I only stayed 5 months." Other claims, were later found to be untrue "I am the son of some wealthy people in the Middle West-all dead now". This was found to be a lie when Nick meets his father at the funeral. The reader wonders why Gatsby feels the need to lie, but maybe he does it to warm people to him. ...read more.

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Having Daisy with him meant a lot" He had been full of the idea so long, dreamed it right through to the end, waited for his teeth to set, so to speak, at an inconceivable pitch of intensity." At the end of the book, you find out that Jay Gatsby was corrupt from a phone call to the house "Young Parke's in trouble. They picked him up when he handed the bonds over the counter." This doesn't really change the reader's opinion of him because throughout the book, it has been hinted at, from his conversations with Mr Wolfshiem to gossip from people at the parties and his lying. Nick Carraway narrates the story in the book. It is through his opinions that we form most of our thoughts about the other characters. I would say that he is obsessed with how other people live and tries to be part of their world, but never really manages it. A few examples of this are "I liked to walk up 5th Avenue and pick out romantic women from the crowd and imagine that in a ...read more.

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After a moment I discovered his tiny eyes in the half darkness.... expressive nose.... Jewess scrutinized me with black hostile eyes." This could have been the attitude at the time, but it doesn't seem as though anyone else in the book has this particular attitude to them. I think that it would be difficult to consider Nick a hero. This is mainly because he has no direction in life and is so wrapped up in the lives of Gatsby, the Buchanans and Jordan that he loses the fact that he has a life of his own, even forgetting his own birthday. Jay Gatsby I wouldn't be able to consider a hero for several reasons. He has an aim in life, but it is so strong that he is obsessed with it. He lives his life for this purpose and, while having made lots of money, doesn't buy anything for himself. When he buys things, he buys things to impress other people. I would say that by dying, he does not become a martyr, but the pathos of his life is revealed. ...read more.

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