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Similarities and Differences Between Hamlet and Gatsby

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Similarities and Differences Between Hamlet and Gatsby
Hamlet's Tragic Flaw

He does not make fast decisions. He waits too long to act.


Had One True Friend
Hamlet had Horatio. Throughout the play, Horatio is the one person that Hamlet opens up to about his plans. It is especially clear in the scene where Hamlet is dying of how true their friendship is.
"Never believe it. I am more an antique Roman than a Dane.
Here's yet some liquor left."
Horatio is threatening to kill himself out of loyalty to Hamlet. He would rather die, than live without Hamlet.
Love is a motive
Hamlet loved his father, and was heartbroken when he died. When the ghost of his father appears and asks him to avenge his death Hamlet accepts. He would do anything for his father.
Hatred is a Motive
Gatsby hates Tom. He has everything that Gatsby wants. Gatsby wants Daisy to tell Tom that she never loved him, not only for his own benefit, but also because it would anger Tom.
Re-create the past
Gatsby wants to re-create the past
Putting on an Act
Both characters put on an act, but for different reasons.
Money is very important
Money is very important to Gatsby. When he first fell in love with Daisy, he was poor and couldn't provide for her. He then is determined to become rich and show Daisy that he can provide for her like he once couldn't because like she said, "Rich girls don't marry poor boys"
Obsession/His Dream
Gatsby's tragic flaw is his obsession/ dream of Daisy. He would do anything for her, which ends up causing problems for him in the future.
Inability to Act
He wants to go back to the time when he was with Daisy, but this time have it end better for him. He wants Daisy to end up with him this time. He refuses to let go of the past. Gatsby holds on to an impossible dream.
Hamlet puts on an act to take attention away from what he is doing. He acts mad so that people will not pay attention to what he is actually doing. No one takes what the crazy person is saying very seriously.
Gatsby puts on an act to get Daisy's attention and to show her that he has money now. Gatsby changes his name, buys a huge house, throws lavish parties, and flaunts his wealth to get Daisy's attention, and to make her realize that she made a mistake not waiting for him since he now has the money that she desires.
Both characters had one true friend.
Gatsby's one true friend is Nick. Gatsby confides in Nick throughout the novel. When Nick meets Mr. Gatz it is revealed that Nick considered Gatsby a friend.
"Were you a friend of my boy's Mr._______
We were close friends"
Gatsby loves Daisy. Everything he does, is in one way or another, a way to get Daisy back again. He buys the house across the bay from her, collects clippings about her to stay updated on her life, and obsesses over the green light that symbolizes the dream of her.
Money is not a factor in Hamlet
Hamlet hates his uncle. He is disgusted that his uncle married his mother only a few months after the death of King Hamlet. When Hamlet finds proof that his uncle was the one who killed his father through his reaction during the play, his hatred grows even more.
Revenge

Hamlet wants revenge on his uncle for killing his father. Hamlet knows nothing will bring his father back, so he focuses on getting revenge
Gatsby does not get revenge on anyone during the book.
Tragic flaw leads to death
Hamlet's tragic flaw is his inability to act. Hamlet waits too long to get revenge on his uncle. Claudius becomes suspicious and arranges for Hamlet to be sent away, and then when he returns he arranges for Hamlet to be killed. If Hamlet had acted sooner, Claudius would not have been able to arrange for his murder.
Gatsby's tragic flaw is his obsession/ dream of Daisy. He would do anything for her. He offers to take the blame for the murder of Myrtle even though he wasn't responsible so that he can protect Daisy. This leads to his death because Wilson kills the person who murdered his wife. He would have taken the blame for Daisy because his love for her was so strong.
The one time he is about to kill his uncle, he changes his mind because he doesn't want his uncle to go to heaven.
Summary of Hamlet
King Hamlet dies, and his wife marries his brother within months of the death. Hamlet returns from school for the funeral and wedding. The ghost of his father is seen by the guards. The ghost tells Hamlet that his uncle (Claudius) was the one who killed his father, and asks Hamlet to avenge his death. Hamlet is unsure of whether to believe the ghost or not so he decides to stage a play, with a twist to see if his uncle is guilty or not. When Claudius reacts, Hamlet knows he was the one that killed his father. King Claudius arranges for Hamlet to be sent away, and killed. When that doesn't work he plans for Hamlet to be poisoned during a duel, and there was poisoned wine as a backup. The plan goes wrong and Laertes, Claudius, Hamlet and Gertrude all end up dead.
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