Tragic Consequences Of Carelessness Essay Research Paper — страница 2

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Daisy, is not completely self-absorbed like the others. He strongly believes that his wealth will win over Daisy. Your wife doesn t love you She never loved you. She loves me She only married you because I was poor and she was tired of waiting for me (137), Gatsby tells Tom. In a sense, Gatsby is also selfish as his life and actions revolve completely around Daisy and are directed towards pleasing her. Nick describes Gatsby s illusions of a life with Daisy as a creative passion, adding to it all the time, decking it out with every bright feather that drifted his way (101). Gatsby s selfishness translates to carelessness when he confronts Tom about his love for Daisy, setting in motion the chain of events which results in tragedy. All of Fitzgerald s characters in The Great Gatsby

are flawed to varying degrees. Careless actions result from their self-centered natures, and tragedy results. Tom and Myrtle are careless about concealing their relationship, and Daisy and Gatsby are careless when they reveal theirs to Tom. Even Nick and Jordan are selfishly careless to some extent and unable or unwilling to stay connected. The decadent nature of the times and the excessive lifestyle contribute to the narcissistic atmosphere that is prevalent throughout the novel. Everyone lives in their own self-absorbed world, and the careless nature of their interaction brings this story to its inevitably tragic conclusion.