Conflict In The Great Gatsby
What are the conflicts in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald?
The main conflict in a story, novel, play or motion picture is usually based on the protagonist's motivation. The protagonist is not always the hero, but in the case of The Great Gatsby it is Gatsby who is the protagonist. His motivation--what he wants--is obviously Daisy. The conflict--why can't he get her?--arises because of several obstacles. For one thing, she is already married. Not only that but she has a little daughter. Gatsby has tried very hard to make a lot of money and to become a facsimile of an upper-class gentleman, but his criminal career and his crooked associates work against him. It is a conflict which Gatsby ultimately loses. A story cannot be interesting unless it is dramatic. It cannot be dramatic unless there is conflict. It cannot have conflict unless somebody wants something (motivation). The thing that "somebody" wants is usually called the MacGuffin. In The Great Gatsby , Daisy is the Macguffin. Gatsby is the protagonist. He is the "somebody" who wants something and...
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There are many conflicts found within this novel. I believe the biggest conflict is between Gatsby and himself, and how he tries to completely change himself into what he believes Daisy wants, but I can also understand on how it is between Gatsby and how he tries to win her back. But honestly I think the conflict is Gatsby's obsession to be what Daisy wants.