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Is Gatsby a hero?
You could say he is a hero in the terms that he is the only one left among the rich (doesn't matter new money or old) who is able to feel wonder, dream, and see value.
I agree.... he is someone who has made the American Dream actually happen for him, although it is also arguable that this failed in the long run as he dies without every achieving the thing he strove for- Daisy. I think we are attracted to Gatsby, which makes him a heroic character, but it is also possible to pick out many faults in him. We may admire him, but I don't think we would particularly want to lead his life, which creates a sort of distance. I guess it's a matter of opinion! And what it is you look for in a hero... :)