Tragic Hero

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Tragic Hero

Authors have used tragic heroes through literature to spread their ideas of society. In the novel "The Great Gatsby" by Scott Fitzgerald a man with a dream puts the tragedy in tragic hero. Jay Gatsby possesses the three main characteristics of a tragic hero. Gatsby is noble, has a noble cause, and faces obstacles to reach his dream to ultimately be defeated. These qualities help Gatsby through a series of spectacular events until his doom.

Gatsby is very noble for a man surrounded by lies and deception. He can be viewed as a noblemen which he is by Nick for his status in society. He can also be viewed as a noble person because he is someone with morals. One of his noblest moments as Nick sees him as a noblemen is in chapter 6 "The truth was that Jay Gatsby, of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself.

He was a son of God--a phrase which, if it means anything, means just that--and he must be about His Father's business, the service of a vast, vulgar, and meretricious beauty. So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen year old boy would be likely to invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the end." His second noblest moment as Nick sees him as a noblemen in chapter 8 "They're a rotten crowd....You're worth the whole damn bunch put together." Two instances where Gastby shows nobility but being noble aren't all that makes a tragic hero. Tragic heroes also have a noble cause.

Another quality of a tragic hero Gatsby possesses is a noble cause. He has one cause through out the novel although it can be perceived in...