Moral virtues as reflected in Jays Gatsby in Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" novel

Anggraeni, Sarah (2017) Moral virtues as reflected in Jays Gatsby in Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" novel. Undergraduate thesis, Widya Mandala Catholic University Surabaya.

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Abstract

From reading a novel, readers will improve not only their vocabulary but also their knowledge that they have never had or experienced about other people’s life. Many people do not realize that they can learn not only from the moral of the story but also the moral of each character inside a novel. It is crucial for the readers to analyze which characters are morally good by learning from those fictional character’s moral virtues so they can improve their own moral. The writer chooses “The Great Gatsby” that was written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This study is considered as qualitative research. In this study the writer focuses in the analysis of the character traits and moral virtues of Jay Gatsby. The writer uses the objective approach by M.H Abrams and the theory of moral virtues by Aristotle. The writer finds that Jay Gatsby’s character traits are dishonest, fearful, showing off, ambitious, faithful, perfectionist, self-restrain, calm, kind and mysterious. These traits which have been mentioned before was possessed not only by the characters inside the novel but also parts of the human character in general. The writer also finds that Gatsby only qualify one out of nine virtues that has been mentioned by Aristotle in his Nicomachean Ethic book. Gatsby has high self restrained which can hold his tongue from drinking alcohol, only temperance virtue which qualifies in Jay Gatsby’s character. Even Gatsby gives large parties and in his parties he does not only provide dinner and orchestra but also liquors but Gatsby still avoided drinking alcohol because he learned from his pasts supervisor’s experience and he realized that alcohol had a negative effect that is not good for his body.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Aristotle, Virtue Ethic
Subjects: English Education
Divisions: Faculty of Teacher Training and Education > English Education Study Program
Depositing User: Sarah A.
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2018 06:31
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2018 06:31
URI: http://repository.wima.ac.id/id/eprint/13017

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