In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, who is the villian?
I think a case could be made that Gatsby himself is the villain--although F. Scott Fitzgerald may not have intended it that way. After all, this is a story about one man trying to steal another man's wife. Nick Carraway seems like a weak character. He exists mainly to defend Gatsby and to make the reader see Gatsby as a colorful, romantic figure. This was probably Fitzgerald's main reason for deciding to write his novel from the point of view of a minor character. Such narrative devices usually exist in order to tell the reader what to think and feel. Without Nick Carraway giving a romantic spin to everything, the reader would be more likely to exercise his or her own judgment and see Gatsby as a gangster concocting an elaborate scheme to steal a weak, gullible young woman from her husband and daughter and using her weak, gullible cousin as a cat's paw. Nick tries to make himself seem broad-minded and honest, but he acts like a pander, a go-between, especially in allowing Gatsby to use his...
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The villain in The Great Gatsby is Gatsby himself. Although Gatsby’s intentions may seem good and overall innocent, it is the facade he portrays that leads to his ultimate demise and the destruction of those around him. His idea of what the ideal man should be caused him to live a lie. He feeds the lie with extravagant parties and a false identity. Every character is sucked into his fantasy. Without Gatsby’s lavish lifestyle and mysterious persona, Tom would have never killed Gatsby nor hurt Daisy. Daisy and Tom would have lived their lives completely unaware of Gatsby’s existence. Nick also would have continued to live his life without any knowledge of Gatsby. Whether good or bad, Gatsby had an impact on every character’s life. Unfortunately, Gatsby lost control of his false identity, which led to the loss of control at the end of the novel. The lie led to further deceit, jealousy and anger. All three characteristics ended Gatsby’s life and caused considerable heartache in the lives of the other characters. Had Gatsby been honest about his identity, lives would have been saved. Daisy and Gatsby could have lived happily ever after without negatively influencing Tom, Nick or the others.