Jay Gatsby: Literature’s Anti-Hero


F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby a literary classic written by F. Scott Fitzgerald isn’t one of my favorite novels because it’s written by one of my favorite authors, but it’s written in a way that makes Jay Gatsby one of literatures best anti-heroes.

The impression you first gain from Gatsby is that he is a hero, but in all reality he is, whom I feel is an anti-hero with relatable flaws. His undying devotion to a woman named Daisy, who will never love him back to his fixation and obsession with becoming wealthy. His hanging with the wrong type of people, and building a life off a fake name and life story. Gatsby isn’t your traditional heroic literature character, but his hope in life and the things he is passionate about make him literatures greatest anti-hero.

The novel was turned into a film this year, starring Leonardo DiCaprio & Carey Mulligan


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