The Great Gatsby Selfish

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Gatsby was a man that truly built himself up from the pit of nothing. Growing up in a family of unsuccessful farmers, he always picture in a more optimum and opulent lifestyle than the one he lived. His goal is to reinvent himself into this lifestyle, so he does. Soon enough Gatsby meets Dan Cody -a man of great wealth- who took him under his wing and taught him how to act like the premier gentleman. But after Cody’s death, young Gatsby was left with nothing; he had to build off all that he had learned from being around and interacting with Cody. So he moves to New York, where after some years of earning money, he becomes one of the richest people in the area. He strengthened a reputation there with his expensive and extravagant large scale…show more content…
Due to this, he failed to see the consequences of his decisions, which ended up being his ruin. His imperceptive state of mind comes through when he confronts Tom about himself and Daisy, the passage states, “She looked at him blindly. ‘Why— how could I love him— possibly?’ ‘You never loved him.’ She hesitated” (131-132). Gatsby is very persistent with the idea that Daisy never loved Tom, he tries to get this into her head -blindly- without even considering her feelings on the matter. After this argument, Daisy realize that she does love Tom and wishes to stay with him. She drives Gatsby car back home along side with Gatsby, on the way there they were stumped- Daisy had hit Myrtle with the car. And of course Gatsby took the blame. Gatsby says to Nick that same night, “ ‘You must remember, old sport, she was very excited this afternoon. He told her those things in a way that frightened her—that made it look as if I was some kind of cheap sharper. And the result was she hardly knew what she was saying’ ” (152). Gatsby takes the blame because he still believed that Daisy was going to leave Tom for him- he had visioned himself with this outcome for so long that it was hard to detach himself from this concept. In taking the blame in hopes for a future with Daisy and his accomplished dreams, he infuriates the wrong people who will then make sure that Gatsby never gets to see this dream even possibly come
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