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Macbeth and The Great Gatsby Analysis/Seminar

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Safa Syed

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Transcript of Macbeth and The Great Gatsby Analysis/Seminar

English 4U Summative Analysis/ Seminar
~ Safa Syed

Macbeth and The Great Gatsby Analysis
The Great Gatsby

The novel The Great Gatsby written by F. Scott Fitzgerald is successful at portraying how ones hope can take them to extremes that lead them to failure.
Methods of Development
“ I am in blood stepp’d so far that, should I wade no more. Returning was as tedious as goer.” | Macbeth 3.4.136-139 |
Methods Of Development
~ Appearance vs Reality ~ Class Conflict
~ Hope ~ Moral Bankrupcy
~Masculine Dominance ~ Corruption of the American Dream
The play Macbeth written by William Shakespeare, is successful at portraying how ones ambition can take them to extremes that lead them failure.
Key Facts:
Date of Publication: 1925
Setting: New York, Long Island
Protagonist: Jay Gatsby
~Appearance vs Reality ~ Power
~Ambition ~ Supernatural
~Masculine Dominance ~ Time
Key Facts:
Date of Publication: 1623
Setting: Scotland
Protagonist: Macbeth

* Macbeth s ambition to take over the royal kingdom has him stuck
* This ambition caused him to commit unacceptable deeds
* Macbeth feels he has already gone too far towards evil, there will be more consequence to return to good rather than continuing his route on evil
( Cont Macbeth )
“Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under it. ” | Macbeth 1.5|
* This quote is said by Lady Macbeth, she is instructing Macbeth to act in a glorious way while having evil guts inside of him
* Appearance vs Reality
~ The use of "bloody execution", "reeking wounds" and "instruments of darkness", emphasize the darkness of this play. Shakespeare has created a creepy and gloomy mood by the use of these strong words.
~ The use of "trumpet-tongued", "reeking wounds", and "fantastical murder" show that Shakespeare wanted to come off as ignorant about serious matter. He has
created a mysterious and frightening mood.
The examples of diction that were chosen are interconnected to prove a ongoing tone throughout the context of Macbeth.
Due to being a play, Macbeth has many tones throughout the content it covers. All these tones interconnect in many different ways and came back to the one surreal tone of Macbeth.
By using elaborate words and meaningful adjectives, Shakespeare is successful at creating a sinister yet forboing tone throughout the play.
Between Macbeth and The Great Gatsby
Both texts Macbeth and The Great Gatsby have similar ideas in terms of, theme, characters and symbols.
*Appearance vs Reality *Time
*Hope and Ambition * Masculine Dominance
*Power *Moral Bankruptcy

*Macbeth and Jay Gatsby *Lady Macbeth and Daisy

* Unacheivment * Hope- Ambition
* Failure
Macbeth and The Great Gatsby
Macbeth and The Great Gatsby
Appearance vs Reality:

Macbeth and The Great Gatsby
In both Macbeth and The Great Gatsby, characters and situations are portrayed as one thing but really are the other, the true side of these situations/ characters are seen only by the reader and then by individual characters in these texts later on.
~ Macbeth puts on act of being heroic and innocent throughout the play which eventually lead him to failure, during this time he was plotting and committing crime.
~ Macbeth putting on such acts lets us see to a further extent the false situations and fronts put on by Gatsby. Throughout the novel Gatsby tries to portray himself as as "old money"and everything perfect. By living these lies Gatsby eventually dragged himself towards failure.
Hope/ Ambition:
In order to succeed in the minor or major aspects of life, it is always necessary to have some sort of hope/ ambition. Too much of anything leads to failure and this is true in terms of hope and ambition. This is because it causes one to work on achieving a goal which leads them to overlook anything that comes in their way.
~ Macbeth's ambition for becoming king but having such large amounts of it caused him to achieve his goal, but by actions that lead him to his failure. If Macbeth had the ambition for becoming king, but to a lesser extent he could of been patient and kind to King Duncan which would let his wait for being aired to the throne less significant, He would of still achieved his goal and live his achieved dream peacefully.
~ Again by witnessing Macbeth's extreme ambition we are able to strengthen our knowledge on Gatsby's hope. Gatsby is portrayed with a huge amount of hope. His hope was able to overcome disasters and make him work towards his essential dream, The American that included Daisy. When talking to Nick, Gatsby says that he could of left daisy and done extraordinary things due to his young age and intelligence but he didn't. This extreme hope of achieving Daisy is what leads Gatsby to his failure. If Gatsby had less hope, he would be able to be Daisy's actions that they cant be and that he needs to move on. Again, he would need to sacrifice Daisy, but achieve more wealth and potentially find someone else to complete his dream, The American Dream.
Macbeth and the Great Gatsby
In both literary texts, many characters are seen as similar to one one another. There similar personalities lead them to have similar actions based on conflicts that occur.
Macbeth and The Great Gatsby
~ Ideas of greatness created in mind, trust this imagination enough to act on it
~ So obsessive about plans nothing else seems significant
~ Both hurt along the way but are blinded against seeing it
~ Unusual clothing, Macbeth Ill-Fitted, Gatsby Extremely Fancy
Lady Macbeth and Daisy
~ Not much of a say in male dominant societies
~ False Fronts
~ Evil locked inside them
Macbeths Last 3 Prophecies - Gatsby's Swimming Pool
Macbeth Witches - Gatsby Green Light
Macbeth Blood - Gatsby Valley of Ashes
Macbeth Castle - Gatsby Mansion
Innocence/ Naivety
Macbeth Duncan - Gatsby White
1. Though Gatsby and Macbeth had similar personalities and similar paths to failure, what do you think kept Gatsby from becoming the villain Macbeth was perceived as. What does this say about Gatsby?
2. No matter how hard one tries they are not able to show their true self. Do you agree or disagree and why?
3. Macbeth and Gatsby both show that extreme ambition or hope will lead to failure. When an individual is so focused and pulled into making their dream reality it is extremely difficult to tell when their hope/ ambition is too much. How do you think one can tell if they have too much hope/ ambition?
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