Greedy And Corrupt In The Great Gatsby And The Tragedy Of Macbeth

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Blind, Greedy, and Corrupt In the novels “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald and “The Tragedy of Macbeth” by William Shakespeare, the main characters of the stories are blinded by their own goals and ambitions. Both the Macbeth and Gatsby have goals that cause them to become unaware of what the consequences of their actions may be. This unawareness is what eventually leads to both characters downfall. In the case of both characters, once they get a sense that their goals are near, they become more driven and eager to fully achieve their goals. This hunger causes them to make mistakes along their way which get in the way of their dreams becoming a reality. Firstly, both Macbeth and Gatsby become blinded by their own ambitions. In…show more content…
He tries to repeat the past with Daisy, and he simply cannot make their relationship the way it had before. In order to become successful and wealthy in order to get close to Daisy and impress her, Gatsby become involved in criminal activity and made a great deal of wealth from it. Gatsby had a dream where he would move across the bay from Daisy in a grand, extravagant hose in order to be close to her. He would then get close to Daisy and try to relight spark between them that they had once felt before. Gatsby becomes obsessed trying to fulfill every last detail of his dream. Nick, the protagonist of the story states: "There must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams — no through her own fault but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion. It had gone beyond her, beyond everything. He had thrown himself into it with a creative passion…" (Pg. 92). Nick explains that Gatsby’s imagination of the great things that may become of their relationship surpasses the reality of anything achievable. One of Nick’s expectations is that Daisy confesses to Tom (her husband), that she has never loved him; something she cannot say as it is untrue. She had loved Tom at one point, so she could not say it. Gatsby takes Daisy and they leave the apartment where the argument is taking place. Gatsby and Daisy become reckless and do not pay attention when they’re driving away. Gatsby is letting Daisy drive and they become so distracted that Daisy accidentally hits Myrtle, a woman living in The Valley of Ashes. They flee the scene in hopes of not being caught. George, Myrtle’s husband, is fed false information that leads him to believe that Gatsby was the one driving the car and he walks to Gatsby’s house and shoots Gatsby in the back, killing

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