Theme Of Courage In The Great Gatsby

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The three texts, The Great Gatsby by Francis Scott Fitzgerald, The Crucible by Arthur Miller and The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck all share the similar meaning of the word courage. The novel The Great Gatsby takes place in the 1920’s and is narrated by a man named Nick Carraway and follows the story of his neighbor, a rich man named Jay Gatsby and his love interest for the young women named Daisy Buchanan. The play The Crucible takes place in the year 1692 tells the story about the Salem Witch Trials and the spread of witchcraft and hysteria, The Crucible is a parallel to the red scare and the fear of the spread of communism. The novel The Grapes of Wrath takes place during the time of the dust bowl and tells the journey of the common people as they migrate to California looking for work, the story primarily follows the Joads family and their journey to California to find a better life. With evidence from The Great Gatsby, The Crucible, and The Grapes of Wrath, it can be proven that courage requires fear. The concept of courage can be seen in Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby when Gatsby is trying to get Daisy back. For instance, in chapter five when Gatsby is about to meet Daisy for the first time since he left her. “Gatsby, pale as death, with his hands plunged like weights in his coat pocket, was standing in a puddle in water glaring tragically into my eyes” (Fitzgerald, 45). This quote shows the fear that Gatsby has when he is about to meet Daisy for the first time since Gatsby left for the army during World War One, it also shows the courage Gatsby had to meet Daisy again. This supports the definition that courage requires fear because it shows that courage is hidden under the perception of dread and fear. Another example, is in chapter four when Gatsby is telling Nick about his past. “‘So I thought you ought to know something about me. I didn't want you to think I was just some nobody’” (Fitzgerald, 35). This reveals Gatsby’s subconscious fear of what Nick thinks of him and therefore he had courage to tell him the truth about his past. This further supports the definition of courage by revealing that in order to have courage there must be fear even if the person is not aware of it. In addition
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