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    Would it be most appropriate to call The Great Gatsby a tragedy? If so, why?

    You could argue either way for it being a tragedy or a romance quite easily. I think this was the question when I took the LITB1 exam last summer if I remember correctly.

    It's a tragedy in several senses - the way Gatsby doesn't achieve his ambition of rekindling his love with Daisy, the fact gatsby actually ends up being tragically murdered for something he did not do and also the way Nick loses Gatsby.

    You could argue it is a romance also, again in many different ways - the clear love triangle between Gatsby, Daisy and Tom, the apparent portrayed romanticism between Nick and Gatsby, the romance between Nick and Jordan or the other love triangle between Tom, Myrtle and George.

    I don't believe it is more appropriate to call it one over the other as it is quite clearly both, but you could easily make a sound argument for either.
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