Selflessness In The Great Gatsby

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“Concerned exclusively with oneself: seeking or concentrating on one’s own advantage in disregard of others-” this is the definition of selfishness (Merriam-Webster 's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th ed., Merriam-Webster, 2003, p. 1128 .Dec 8, 2017). Self Centeredness can often cause people to be blind to those around them and causes them to neglect others in pursuit of their own desires and wishes because he only thinks of himself and views himself to be the center of his own reality he lacks the ability to think about how he affects others. They only view themselves to be important and that everyone around them should do things to benefit them. In The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby’s ego and self-centered personality stifles any consideration he may have for others. Gatsby’s actions are used to support his own amusement and pleasure, and if someone served no…show more content…
Throughout The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby is a self subservient character whose inner inhibitions, pleasure seeking lifestyle, and hubris prevent him from caring about how he affects other people. The only people to whom he ever gives the time of day are those who benefit him. Gatsby’s actions throughout the book are exemplary of these traits. The scope of Gatsby’s selfishness goes all the way to his daily life and the people he surrounds himself with. In his life he never really cared about anyone only what they could do for him. Except one person Daisy whom he had devoted his life to his pursuit of her. His infatuation with Daisy nurtured this nature in him throughout his life. Gatsby’s selfish personality is almost his most redeeming quality while it is not all positive it is what made him successful and drives him forward in life. Gatsby doesn’t ever seem to really mind his lack of personal connections it was never important to him and thus he should not be held to the same standard that other people are held to. Never in Gatsby’s actions is he cruel while he can be rude and self centered he is
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