Argumentative Essay : Careless Hedonist 's Withstand Time

1142 Words May 22nd, 2016 5 Pages
Careless Hedonist’s Withstand Time In 2012 roughly 3, 866 people died at the hands of drunk drivers in the state of Illinois and approximately 46.11% of all killers murder people for their own pleasure. The many hedonistic lust serial killers in the world showcase hedonism in today 's society and those who have died at the hands of drunk drivers represent those who have been impacted by carelessness. Hedonism is the belief that pursuit of pleasure is the purpose of human life and carelessness is a person’s failure to recognize the possible consequence of their actions. In today’s society some virtues that people hold include: hedonism and carelessness, which are two of the same virtues that many of the characters hold in The Great Gatsby.
On trait that is prevalent in today’s society is hedonism, which is people’s pursuit of pleasure in order to bring purpose to their lives. Hedonism is not only seen in the world today, but is also seen in novels such as The Great Gatsby, where the notable character Jay Gatsby gives his life purpose through the pursuit of worldly materials that he deems desirable. Particularly, Gatsby yearned for Daisy and wealth as he believed that through the attainment of both Daisy and wealth he would finally achieve his lifelong goal of pleasure. However, Gatsby dies as a result of his pursuit of pleasure and as Nick reflects on the numerous things he has encountered while in New York he says, “Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic…

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