The Great Gatsby Narcissistic Analysis

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When an individual climbs the economic ladder it can have an impact on that individual’s sense of entitlement, leading to a narcissistic lifestyle. In the novel, “The Great Gatsby,” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald portrays a society in which the individuals are very entitled and use their elevated status to justify the careless decisions they make. This idea is shown through the characters and actions of; Tom and Daisy and the narcissistic lifestyle they live, Gatsby and his goal focused mindset, and Jordan and her inability to recognize her own faults. By portraying the characters in a certain way, Fitzgerald shows that the more money people have, the more careless they are with their decisions. In the novel, the characters Tom and Daisy…show more content…
He always seems to be one step ahead, planning and thinking over his decisions thoroughly in order to avoid conflict or error. Yet, in the end despite his best efforts, he still made careless mistakes. Gatsby was careless in the way he lived his life, he shaped his future by his past and was careless to think that things could be the same as they were five years previous. Unlike Tom and Daisy, Gatsby came from poor upbringings, yet despite the financial setbacks he endured as a child, he strived for greatness. He was never content with what he had, always driving for self-improvement. His uncontested drive was what lead him to achieve much of what he desired, however it was this same drive that became his fatal fault. From a young age Gatsby created a fantasy in which he would become a wealthy and powerful man, and when it came time to make his fantasy a reality he made careless decisions in order to obtain it. His desire and lust for money outweighed his moral compass and he turned to illegal methods, such as bootlegging, in order to gain wealth. Gatsby set off the impression of being a nice and kind guy to the general public but behind the closed doors he could be ruthless in order to get what he wanted. Gatsby is a very persistent man and when he sets his mind to something he will go after it regardless of the consequences. He believed that money was the solution to all his problems, and…show more content…
The characters with more immense wealth tended to be more enthralled in the immediate pleasures rather than pleasures that can provide them with long term enjoyment, such as love. Ultimately all four characters proved through their actions that the more money a person has, the more careless they become when making
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