Examples Of Pride In The Great Gatsby

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In The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald introduces a character known as Tom Buchanan who is a hulking, hyper-masculine, aggressive, and super rich. He is the representation of old money; the best representation of one of the seven deadly sins: pride. Pride, as defined by Wikipedia, is ”dangerously corrupt selfishness, putting one's own desires, urges, wants, and whims before the welfare of others”. In the Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald uses the character of Tom Buchanan to show how excessive pride can lead to arrogance and self-destructive behaviors. In the Great Gatsby Tom’s excessive pride was a key factor in Myrtle's death. His Arrogance and disregard for others is shown in his affair with Myrtle, in which he flaunts in front of his wife and others.

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