Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Selfish People

The definition of selfish is: devoted to or caring for oneself; concerned primarily one's own interest, benefits, welfare, etc., regardless of others feelings. The story of the Great Gatsby has many examples of selfish people. Almost every character in the story has selfish traits and commits selfish acts for their own benefit. There is a lot of lying, cheating, and manipulation going on even from the very start of the story.
Tom Buchanan is one of the first characters to show his selfish traits. He is unfaithful to his wife Daisy for a less fortunate small town woman named Myrtle Wilson. Tom has a beautiful wife and a great life he has built for himself, but insists on finding happiness outside of his own home for selfish reasons. However, it is later discovered that Daisy (Tom's wife) only married him for his money. This in my opinion is one of the most selfish acts that can be committed because marriage is supposed to be a commitment for people in love who want to be spend their lives together and not for materialistic reasons such as Daisy's. Another early introduced selfish character is Myrtle Wilson. She too is having an affair with Tom Buchanan when she in fact has a loving husband. Her acts of selfishness are worst than Tom's in my opinion because her husband loves her and tries his best to provide for her and despite his efforts Myrtle has a secret relationship with another man. These characters openly diplayed their selfish traits regardless of other people's feelings.

1 comment:

  1. Very good post. I love, love, love the images you chose. Keep up the great work. 75/75

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