Jay Gatsby as a Tragic Hero

Jay Gatsby as a Tragic Hero

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  • Of course you can, Nick...of course you can.
  • Hamartia: Gatsby believes he can fight time and restore his former life
  • You can't repeat the past, Gatsby.
  • Hubris: Gatsby has convinced himself that Daisy is still in love with him
  • I will get Daisy back because I know she loves me more than that horrible husband of hers
  • Peripeteia: On the drive home from the hotel, Daisy hits Tom's mistress, changing Gatsby's fate
  • TOM!
  • Nobody can know that Daisy was driving the car
  • Anagnorisis: Gatsby realizes he must lie for Daisy so that nobody knows she hit Myrtle
  • The car that killed my wife belonged to Gatsby, so I'm going to kill him
  • Nemesis: George, Myrtle's husband, decides to kill Gatsby, even though Daisy murdered his wife
  • Catharsis: Nick's purging of emotion is reflective of the audience's. He exclaims that everyone that he met on Long Island is "rotten" and that Gatsby was truly a great man
  • They're a rotten crowd. You're worth the whole bunch put together.
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