Elements of a Fairytale in the Great Gatsby

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Gatsby’s Fairy Lover

The events in the Novel, the Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgarald, can be closely related to the love stories found in fairytales. Every fairytale needs a struggling hero who finally meets success, a distressed heroine who discovers happiness, and a villain to create conflict. Obvious to the reader, our hero is Gatsby, the damsel is Daisy, and Tom is the villain. Gatsby’s initial circumstances compared to his thunderous success and finally the great tragedy he faces is a plot line parallel to those in many mythical stories.

Each main role in The Great Gatsby correspond to their fairytale character counterpart. Primarily, purity and perfection is abundant within the descriptions of Daisy Buchanan. She often wears white, symbolizing purity. Described by Nick Carraway as being “capable of flight”, she represents a goddess figure with a supernatural power. The power of her melodious voice charms everyone around her. This magical power puts Gatsby under a love spell and it is a main reason for Gatsby’s struggle to get her. Secondly, the hero, Jay Gatsby, is ambitious and knows what he wants. He goes through incredible lengths accomplish his goal to finally be with Daisy. However, the great hero indeed has a flaw that ultimately leads to his downfall. Gatsby’s impeccable mindset of Daisy surpasses that of the existent Daisy. Coffin explains, “He turns her into a dream—the latest dream he ever did dream—but it is of no more avail than the knight’s dream of his fairy love. Out of ‘the foul dust’ of modern America that floats in the wake of such hopes, Fitzgarald develops the tragedy of the book. Gatsby is left where the sedge has withered- frustrated, alone-having ‘paid a high price for living too long with a single dream’”. Finally, Tom Buchanan fulfills the role of the evil villain. He is audaciously rude and self centered. By marrying Daisy, he initiated Gatsby’s loneliness. Once Gatsby and Daisy are reunited, Tom creates conflict...
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