Tragedy - The Great Gatsby

June 2012 - How appropriate do you think it is to describe The Great Gatsby as a tragedy? (21 marks)

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  • The Great Gatsby as a tragedy?
    • Nick's enchantment and fascination by Gatsby
    • Gatsby as a tragic hero
      • Gatsby’s being a criminal and not a tragic hero
        • the novel’s not being a tragedy because there are no characters who are worthy of sympathy
    • Tom as a tragic villian
    • the catharsis experienced by Gatsby and Nick
    • Myrtle, Daisy, George and Gatsby as victims
    • the fateful accident of Myrtle’s running out in front of Gatsby’s car
    • the dream being based on corruption and crime
    • Gatsby's pride and over-reaching
    • the novel’s not being a tragedy because there are no characters who are worthy of sympathy

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