Similarities Between Macbeth And The Great Gatsby

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The characters of Macbeth, found in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Jay Gatsby, found in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, are responsible for their shortcomings. Macbeth is a tragedy about greed and illusions. Macbeth believes he can break the chain of being and maintain kingship through any means necessary to do so. He was once a noble and honorable man but later becomes self-centered and arrogant. The Great Gatsby is a novel set in the roaring twenties while everything is great for the economy and for the people. Gatsby, a wealthy business man owns the largest house in West Egg and throws the biggest parties. His goal is to win over Daisy, but he disregards everyone whom does not help him get closer to her. Both stories are about fighters who chase their dreams, disregarding anyone who does not help…show more content…
They share the illusions that they are in control of their destiny, that they can attain their dreams with their ambitions and that their illegal acts can go unpunished. Both characters share the common belief that they can achieve anything if they work hard at it. This ambition seems to work for them at the beginning of the novels, but by the end we see it lead to both characters failures. In the story of Macbeth, we learn that his ambitions do not initially start as his own. Rather, they are more Lady Macbeth’s. She makes sure he becomes king by planning to murder Duncan because she believes Macbeth is too weak of a man to kill Duncan without her (1.5.15-21). Proof of this is when she says “Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be what thou art promised” (Macbeth 1.5.15), after reading Macbeths letter to her about his encounter with the witches. After killing Duncan and Banquo, we see a shift in his character, as he no longer seems to feel remorse for killing innocent people. After being told

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