The Great Gatsby Byronic Hero Quotes

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Exhilarating, carefree, roaring, the 1920’s were the time to be alive. The upbeat culture of Manhattan and the Eggs set the stage for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby. In Fitzgerald’s novel, Gatsby is portrayed as a Byronic hero. Byronic heroes are often introspective, rejected by society, have a troubled past, and are self-destructive. Jay Gatsby is charismatic and mysterious. These are all qualities closely associated with those of a Byronic hero. First off, charismatic is an adjective undoubtedly suiting to describe Jay Gatsby. Charisma is defined as exercising a compelling charm that inspires devotion in others. Nick elaborately describes Gatsby in the following quote: “He smiled understandingly- much more than understandingly.

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