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This essay explains how and why The Great Gatsby, was a revenge tragedy because Gatsby wanted to have revenge on Tom and Wilson wanted revenge on Gatsby. Gatsby had a affair with Daisy and Tom had a affair with Myrtle but when she is killed and Gatsby is blamed for it because it was his car then Wilson comes for revenge on Gatsby. Gatsby wanted revenge but failed. The Tragic Hero in the Great Gatsby was Gatsby himself. Gatsby did wrong things but he was also wronged himself by Wilson and Tom. Wilson assumed Gatsby wronged him and went on to take his life.Tom wronged Gatsby by how he took Daisy from him and also had bad tensions they have with each other.”You’ve been seeing this fellow for five years? ‘Not seeing’ said Gatsby. ‘No, we couldn’t meet. But both of us loved each other all that time, old sport, and you didn’t know. I used to laugh sometimes”– But there was no laughter in his eyes “to think you didn’t know.” (Pg. 131)This quote is between Tom and Gatsby and Gatsby tells Tom to how Daisy and him have been seeing each other for some time. This sorta ignites Tom and sparks somewhat of wanting revenge on Gatsby as he says he has done the things he said. “You’re crazy!’ he exploded. ” I can’t speak about what happened five years ago because I didn’t know Daisy then–and I’ll be damned if I see how you got within a mile of her unless you brought the groceries to the back door. But all the rest of that’s a damned lie. Daisy loved me when she married me and she loves me now” (Pg. 131) To exact revenge and make Tom jealous, Gatsby has Daisy be highly indiscreet with her relationship with him and it pretty much works. But as result it makes Daisy leave with Tom and leave Gatsby sad and obsessed about Daisy. Gatsby wants Daisy to admit she never had loved Tom but cannot. As that step fails it just makes Gatsby plan to get revenge on Tom but comes to be a failure. It leaves Gatsby feeling not very good and with Daisy out he is obsessed “I thought so; I told Daisy I thought so. It’s better that the shock should come at one she stood it pretty well.” ‘He spoke as if Daisy’s reaction was the only thing that mattered.'(Pg. 143) That’s what really Gatsby had only cared about was Daisy because of their affair/relationship they had together. Overall he wanted to end Daisy’s and Tom’s relationship together but the end result was that it turned on him and had caused him to lose the affair that he had himself with Daisy.Later in the story Myrtle is killed and when Wilson hears about it then he is grieved. He is told that it was Gatsby’s car that killed Myrtle which outrages him and he takes it upon himself to get justice. He goes to Gatsby’s and kills him and then himself which is revenge for himself “The chauffeur-he was one of the Wolfsheim’s proteges -heard the shots-afterward he could only say that he hadn’t thought anything much about them. I drove from the station directly to Gatsby’s house and my rushing anxiously up the front steps was the first thing that alarmed any one.” (Pg 143). Wilson wanted vengeance which made him keep going after finding out Myrtle is killed and after Gatsby is killed by him, he doesn’t have a lot to live for because of all the issues that was in his life so he kills himself. In the end Gatsby’s plan of revenge is a failure and had him ended up dead. Wilson plan for revenge succeeded but he committed suicide because he didn’t want to live for anything at that point. This shows that this is a revenge tragedy, two people want revenge and one fails and the other succeeds. Even though, Wilson died he still was able to get vengeance for Myrtle on Gatsby. Tom had love for Daisy but it really wasn’t real love after he had Daisy for himself which shows Gatsby reason for revenge because of Tom’s selfishness just to be with Daisy just because and not really having a real relationship and loving each other like your suppose to. Gatsby’s revenge was pointless because he was the one in the affair but by the relationship between Tom and Daisy not being a real relationship is why Gatsby wanted revenge on Tom so he can have Daisy. This concludes the essay, having explain and how it comes to be a revenge tragedy and gives you understanding why


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