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The roaring twenties presents two notorious characters that are portrayed in the book ‘The Great Gatsby’ and the 1987 movie ‘The Untouchables’. The two characters; Jay Gatsby and Alphonse Gabriel Capone are very similar throughout their noble stature and greatness in which they manifest their virtue as a part of their instinctive character. Jay Gatsby and Alphonse Gabriel Capone are very similar throughout their noble stature, upcoming and their lifestyles. Each grow up from nothing to becoming the reigning personalities of their era, as well as their motivations, lavish lifestyle and their downfall, which makes Gatsby and Al Capone so similar and connects by Aristotle’s theories of a tragedy. To begin, Aristotle’s theory of tragedy in poetics is demonstrated in one of America’s most reigning era; the Roaring twenties.The Roaring twenties have witnessed the big bad Al Capone and The great fictional character Jay Gatsby. Were Aristotle’s states “The Tragic hero is pre-eminently great, he she is not perfect. Otherwise the rest of us — mere mortals – would be unable to identify with the tragic hero”. Big Al once said “I’ve had to do a lot of things I don’t like to do. But I’m not as black as I’m painted. I’m human. I’ve got heart in me”. “I’m human. I’ve got heart in me” translates into deeper depth and has further meaning to it. Alphonse Al capone is the leader of Chicago’s biggest mafia in the prohibition era and is known to be a ‘crime boss’. Yet in the quote he shows his inner humane side. On the other hand, Gatsby is not near perfect, as Nick comments on Gatsby: “The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.” Al Capone’s rise to success is similar to a large amount of modern America’s success stories, those who were able to succeed through their positive outlook on life and their policy to seize the moment. In addition, the life stories of Al Capone and Gatsby are almost identical with each other because of both their life stories and the era in which they lived in. Al Capone lived in the Prohibition Era of the United States of America, when liquor is banned, as did Gatsby. Al Capone rose from the poorest part of Chicago and through sheer determination made his fortune through illegal alcohol production, distribution, gambling and prostitution. Surprisingly, Gatsby also made his fortune in illegal businesses and climbed the social ladder from a poor soldier to a rich illegal entrepreneur through his pursuit of happiness, which could only be achieved with Daisy at his side. The striking similarity between Al Capone, Gatsby and today’s modern successes prove that the only qualities needed to succeed in life are those of determination and drive, since success is achieved only through sheer perseverance in life. To add on, Aristotle’s theory of tragedy in poetics is presented once again, in which he comments: “The tragic hero is a character of noble stature and has greatness. The character must occupy a “high” statues position, but must ALSO embody nobility and virtue as part of his his/her innate character”. Gatsby and Al capone grew up believing in the American dream. An idea of having an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative.  The notorious and capable Al Capone once commented, “This American system of ours, call it Americanism, call it capitalism, call it what you will, gives each and every one of us a great opportunity if we only seize it with both hands and make the most of it.” As Al Capone mentions that the American dream gives everyone an equal opportunity,  the high statues and greatness that big Al earns is possible and expidenient is all because of the clear innate of the American dream. Meanwhile in The Great Gatsby, Nick says: “Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And then one fine morning. So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past”. For the earlier quotation, Gatsby believes in the American dream and it is demonstrated and unveiled through the green light that he shines across the lake all in hope to get Daisy. The American dream favors Gatsby and grants him his desires and hankering by making it possible for him to get the girl of his dreams; Daisy. Another evident resemblance between Al capone and Gatsby regarding their pursue for the American dream seems to be inevitable as they grew to their greatness by being tenacious for their goals and is possible and simplilized by the ideology of the American dream. Finally, Aristotle’s theories of poetic continue to withstand its relevance, in which he mentions: “The hero’s downfall is partially his/her own fault, the result of free choice, not of accident or villainy. In fact, the tragedy is usually triggered by some error of judgement or some character flaw that contributes to hero’s lack of perfection”. This theory could better describe the two greats; Al capone and Jay Gatsby. Starting with Gatsby, his downfall is plainly his fault, as he is so blind in love for Daisy, that he decides to confess to a crime he did not commit. Nick mentions at the end of the novel: “Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter – tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther… And one fine morning So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past”. For more than four years, his only target is to get Daisy back. While Myrtle is killed by Daisy, Gatsby unhesitatingly stands up for Daisy and takes the blame. Myrtles husbands finds out and shoots Gatsby in the name of love. The green lights represents Gatsby’s desire and hope to get Daisy, and in other words Nick is basically stating that the problem with chasing the future will result in chasing your death metaphorically (literally with a Gatsby).  Therefore Gatsby brings his death to himself with a single dream of having Daisy, a result of his very own free choice. On the other hand big Al’s downfall is prominently his fault due to his imperfection. The movie ‘The untouchables’ demonstrates a crystal clear idea of the prohibition era, as well as a scheme of what Al capone’s ruling of an empire in the Windy City: Gambling, prostitution, bootlegging, bribery, robbery and murder. And it seemed that law enforcement could not touch him. Yet his imperfection is what brought him down, the government and the law enforcements were trying without success to build a case against Capone. Finally in the final scenes of the movie, Al capone and his lawyer: Easy Eddie face tremendous amount of pressure from the judge which leads to a heated argument between Capone and Eddie which makes Eddie confess to the judge of Al Capone’s guilt, as he says: ” Your honor, we’d like to withdraw our plea of non-guilty and enter a plea of guilty”. Al Capone’s imperfection is what led to his downfall, and triggers by an error and misjudgement that he could avoid simply by being calm and showing tranquillity towards his lawyer and the court. Jay Gatsby and Al Capone’s downfall is similar and both are to blame and once again, Aristotle’s theory are proven correctly in which slight flaw and imperfection leads to the downfall of the greatest and the baddest in the books. In conclusion, Al Capone, the public enemy and The great Gatsby’s are very similar throughout their noble structure and greatness, in which they manifest their structure throughout illegal business. As well as their rise to greatness, motivation, their idea of the American dream, lifestyle and downfall which are all demonstrated in Aristotle’s theory of poetics over two thousand years ago.