Jay Gatsby compared to a hero. Title of the Essay The "heroic" Gatsby?

Essay by Groovy_chick June 2002

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The definition of hero is one noted for courage, greatness etc. The classic novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, portrays a sarcastic fable of the pursuit of success and the collapse of the American dream. The author shows many aspects of greatness and courage portrayed by most of his characters, but what all makes one of these characters a hero?

In many movies, films, novels, etc. the hero is always the mysterious dark and handsome man that magically appears to save the damsel in distress from the fire breathing dragon or some evil villain. But in The Great Gatsby none of these stereotypes are shown. If one "hero" was to be chosen from the major male characters, none would have the recommendations to become a true "valiant hero". Each character; Jay Gatsby, Nick Carraway, Tom Buchanan, Meyer Wolfsheim, George Wilson, and Henry C. Gatz, each obtain their own unique courage or greatness.

Jay Gatsby, also known as the Great Gatsby, in which this novel is named after, may be a hero, for as the reader may know that he is a new wealthy "Easterner" that has determination, which a hero needs to possess. His drive leads him from poverty to wealth