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Anne Frank once said In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart Regardless of all the wrongdoings crimes or evils one has done goodwill is retained at each and every human hearts Benevolence is the fundamental root of human nature no matter how evil a person may appears to be his righteousness still exists The main characters in The Great Gatsby and Macbeth are examples that demonstrate this quality In Scott Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby Jay Gatsby had a notorious reputation for bootlegging His sudden and immense wealth was acquired through illegal activities associated with gang members Despite all the illicit crimes he was a good man at heart He provides the hopeful mood of the novel Gatsby cares deeply about his love ones especially Daisy the woman of his dreams He was willing to take the blame for a murder she committed even after she chose another man over him Mistaken as the murderer he tragically lost his life to someone seeking revenge Macbeth by William Shakespeare presents a seemingly evil character Macbeths treacherous acts of murdering his own king and companions are more than enough to condemn him to hell However it is clear in the beginning of the play that Macbeths nature is basically kind He was horrified at his own unfaithfulness towards the king especially the thought of killing him If it werent for outside influences he would have remained a loyal subject After killing the king he developed an internal conflict against himself His conscience was deeply disturbed which shows that he does have an ounce of moral left within him Also his love and respect towards his wife at the inception of the play demonstrates his affectionate side Both Gatsby and Macbeth have their faults but they both possess compassion as well No one is completely bad No matter how awful a person may seem on the outside there is still goodness contained
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