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Comparative Essay

  • Submitted by: SAGITARI
  • on April 1, 2014
  • Category: Psychology
  • Length: 1,814 words

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In both Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and Shakespeare's Macbeth the lives of the main characters involve a constant struggle with their dreams. Gatsby tries to win back the girl of his dreams, Daisy, by becoming something he's not, a member of high society, while Macbeth believes the prediction of the witches and spends his life trying to make it come true. These struggles lead ultimately to their premature demises. Both characters are ambitious and willing to commit crime in order to accomplish their dreams. Both characters are motivated to take these risks by a woman. Although both are ambitious, Gatsby is more admirable because he doesn't deliberately embrace evil as Macbeth does.

HOOK:“In each human being, two natures are at war – the good and the evil. All throughout one’s lives the fight goes on between them, and one of them must conquer. But in one’s own hands lies the power to choose – what each person wants to be most, they are.” Robert Louis Stevenson wisely responds to a question that every human being inquires about at some point in their lives- is one good or evil?  
LINK: As for William Shakespeare’s Macbeth and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, this inquisition is made quite frequently when reading both stories seeing as this question is the main motivation in   regard of the characters. These two authors explore within their works of literature particular characteristics that illustrate their reoccurring dilemmas to unsuccessfully subdue evil, through the portrayal of their protagonists, Macbeth and Jay Gatsby.
POD: 1) Shakespeare and Fitzgerald exhibit the most protruding quality of evil, redundant ambition which is a major contributing factor to their incapability to triumph over wickedness.
2)Overpowering temptation is a trait brought to light by the authors that is, yet again, accountable for the characters’ inefficiency to surmount sinfulness.
3)Finally, the staggering fear of Macbeth and Gatsby to lose something they so badly...

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