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The Great Gatsby and Things Fall Apart Comparative essay By For Course English Date In this world there are heroes and villains Neither Gatsby nor Okonkwo are good or bad Okonkwo seems bad early on when he beats his wives he does however show compassion when he goes after Ezinma Gatsby does something illegal but everything he does is for Daisy Their fatal flaws blind both Gatsby and Okonkwo Okonkwos hubris is that he believes in the Umuofian dream of a perfect society while Gatsby believes that he is able to erase the past Their fates are worse than they deserved Okonkwo is banished from Umuofia after accidentally killing someone and Gatsby does not have the love of Daisy as he believes Both Okonkwo from Things Fall Apart and Gatsby from The Great Gatsby are tragic heroes In Things Fall Apart it seems as if Okonkwo is bad as he beats his wives and children he does however show compassion One night Chielo comes and takes Ezinma to her cave Okonkwo stays when Ekwefi against what everyone else says goes When he thought he had waited long enough he again returned to the shrine But the Hills and the Caves were as silent as death It was only on his fourth trip that he had found Ekwefi and by then he had become gravely worried Achebe 1959 112 Okonkwo must be a man without fear and he pretends not to have any feelings but he shows love when he goes after his daughter Gatsby has a lot of money and he achieved it through illegal means I found out what your drug-stores were He turned to us and spoke rapidly He and this Wolfsheim bought up a lot of side-street drug-stores here and in Chicago and sold grain alcohol over the counter Thats one of his little stunts I picked him for a bootlegger the first
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