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"The Great Gatsby": Comedy or Tragedy?

Topic three comedy or tragedy discussion
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Joshua Bittel

on 25 October 2012

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Joshua Bittel & Sean Donovan The Great Gatsby: Comedy or Tragedy? Tragedy or comedy? "I hope she'll be a fool - that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a
beautiful little fool....You see, I think everything's terrible
anyhow....And I know. I've been everywhere and seen
everything and done everything." ( pgs. 17-18)
This passasge certainly adds a very sorrowful and cynical tone to the text
when Daisy says this to Nick. Daisy is wallowing in self-pity about her marriage
and her life. This quote adds a tragic undertone to the book about how Daisy fell into a tragic situation in her marriage with Tom. Ultimately she realizes that Tom is cheating on her. Quote #1 "'Filled with faces dead and gone. Filled with friends gone now forever. I can't forget so long as I live the night they shot Rosy Rosenthal there....they shot him three times in the belly and drove away." (pg. 70-71)
Mr. Wolfsheim is reminiscing about his bootlegger days and the tragedy of his friend's death at the Old Metropole. The scene of his friend's death is certainly a tragedy. Quote #2 Quote #3 Quote #4 Bibliography The Great Gatsby has examples of both tragedy and comedy within its text. However, the number of tragic situations that can be found within the book lead us to believe that the Great Gatsby is more tragedy than comedy. "[Gatsby] wanted to recover something, some idea of himself perhaps, that had gone into loving Daisy. His life had been confused and disordered since then, but if he could once return to a certain starting place and go over it all slowly, he could find out what that thing was." ( pg. 111-12)
This quote personifies the tragedy of Daisy's rejection of Gatsby. Gatsby put his hope into his love for Daisy and when she rejected him, he became even more determined to have her. Although, deep down he knew this was impossible. "Daisy Jpeg." Workpress. Newport Style Phyle, n.d.Web. <http://newportstylephile.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/4167141943_3fd7dbaa71.jpg>. "The Great Gatsby Quotes." BookRags. BookRags, n.d. Web. 24 Oct. 2012. <http://www.bookrags.com/notes/gat/QUO.html>. "The Great Gatsby (9/9) Movie CLIP - Gatsby Is Murdered (1974) HD." YouTube. YouTube, 22 Nov. 2011. Web. 24 Oct. 2012. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lE4UQ5gh5Zo>. "Great Gatsby Tragedy JPEG." Beyond Hollywood. Beyond Hollywood, n.d. Web. <http://www.beyondhollywood.com/uploads/2012/05/Leonardo-DiCaprio-and-Carey-Mulligan-in-The-Great-Gatsby-2012-Movie-Image-600x750.jpg>. "[Gatsby] stretched out his hand desperately as if to snatch only a wisp of air, to save a fragment of the spot that she had made lovely for him. But it was all going by too fast...and he knew that he had lost that part of it, the freshest and the best, forever." Chapter 8
Gatsby had Daisy to himself, but was losing her to Tom again. He lost his only reason for becoming rich, and, in a way, lost his purpose.
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