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Similarity Essay Jay Gatsby and Pechorin are two very different characters that take place in two different time periods but show many similarities Superfluous men are set apart by their superior talents by being excessive in societies unnecessary and cause more trouble than they are worth and are in corrupted societies This is a big quality that two different characters share In The Great Gatsby by FScott Fitzgerald and A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Lermontov use Gatsby and Pechorin as superfluous heroes in their society to show how the authors felt society was corrupt Jay Gatsby and Grigory Alexandrovich Pechorin both share a similar background trait that helps them both be superfluous Both Gatsby and Pechorin been trained for the military which helps them develop talents good in war but helped little in developing qualities to get through a life without war Without a place to use these skills each found a place by themselves He stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way and as I was from him I could have sworn he was trembling Involuntarily I glanced seaward-and distinguished nothing except a single green light minute and far away that might have been the end of a dock p26 Fitzgerald So after World War I had ended Gatsby went back to pursue his only love and found out she got married leaving him superfluous Pechorin without battles to fight chose to amuse himself by pursuing relationships with women and then ruining them in some way Lying to enemy countries may have been a useful skill in the military but when trying to get a girl to cheat and lie wont bring about any good Acting ostentatious is part of Pechorins personality as well as Gatsbys as a result of military training Its as if each thought by being showy they could get what they want Gatsby and Pechorin both got training in the military
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