Gatsby isn’t “Great”! Support. 1. Gatsby is Morally Wrong 1. He is a Bootlegger ● It’s illegal
● Tries to get Nick to join him 2. He Has an Unhealthy Obsession with Daisy ● Buys a house right across from hers
● Throws massive parties in the hopes of her noticing him
● Collects newspaper clippings about Daisy
○ “he says he’s read a Chicago paper for years just on the chance of catching a glimpse of Daisy's name” (79) 3. He Pursues a Married Woman ● Attempts to drag Nick into the situation so that he can reconcile with Daisy
● Has an affair with Daisy even though she is married and of a different social class
● Doesn’t care that he is committing adultery with a woman who has a child
● Tries to get Daisy …show more content…
● Gatsby lies about the manner in which he inherits his millions; he is a bootlegger who owns a chain of pharmacies to sell illegal alcohol.
3. Gatsby is Not a Tragic Hero According to the definition of a tragic hero, there is a list of characteristics that a character must have in order to be deemed as such. While Gatsby does meet a few of these requirements—because he is a character with potential that falls due to his fatal flaw—he does not meet the most fundamental requirements. Such as:
● A tragic hero must suffer more than he deserves; however, all the suffering that Gatsby endures is brought on by none other than himself. Gatsby willingly makes poor decisions to fulfill his romantic ideology.
○ Gatsby buys his mansion in West Egg so that “Daisy would be just across the bay" (Fitzgerald, 78).
○ He continuously throws massive parties in the hopes that one day Daisy may attend.
○ Gatsby exploits Nick and Jordan’s relationships with Daisy, befriending them and offering Nick job opportunities in the hopes of creating a bridge between himself and