Sunday, May 30, 2010

Selfishness



concerned excessively or exclusively with oneself: seeking or concentrating on one's own advantage, pleasure, or well-being without regard for others
arising from concern with one's own welfare or advantage in disregard of other

Most of the characters in The Great Gatsby are overcome with greediness and selfishness. Jay Gatsby is one of the main examples. After rekindling the lost love of an old flame, Daisy, he still continued to want more. Even though she was married to Tom Buchanan, she was impressed by Gatsby's wealth and riches and spent more time with him at his luxurious mansion, but Gatsby expected more. He wanted her to tell Tom that she has never loved him and leave to live with Gatsby. He pressured Daisy, unaware of her love for Tom and the difficulties she faced.

Tom, Daisy, and Myrtle were also victims of one of the seven deadly sins. Tom cheated on Daisy with Myrtle, while Daisy cheated on Tom with Gatsby, and while Myrtle cheated on George. They all cheated on their lovers, wanting more. They weren't satisfied or content with what they had and let their greediness overpower them.

Sources: The Great Gatsby
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