How Is Jay Gatsby Selfish

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In The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby is a multidimensional character that F. Scott Fitzgerald creates to be the center of conflict, in the book. He is a wealthy man living in West Egg, New York who throws extremely extravagant parties in his gargantuan house. Gatsby’s mysterious past and hard to believe track record makes people interested in him. Gatsby is a hopeless romantic trying to obtain his one and only love, a lavish man who wants everyone to know so, and is so mysterious, people wonder if all of these accomplishments can be obtained from one man. Gatsby’s first true love, Daisy Buchanan, is the center of everything that Gatsby does because he is so hopelessly in love with her. At the beginning of the book, Gatsby tells nothing of his …show more content…
Up until the last two chapters in the book, Gatsby is kept very low profile on his background, but so many rumors float around, so the truth is never fully revealed. Girls from parties say they “bet he killed a man” (Fitzgerald 44) and others say that “He’s a bootlegger” (Fitzgerald 61), which Nick has a hard time believing either. As Nick grows closer to Mr. Gatsby, Jay tells Nick a little bit of background on himself. Gatsby says he’s going to “’tell you [Nick] God’s truth’” (Fitzgerald 65) a proceeds to tell about his life at Oxford and how his family was wealthy, which is how he came into his money. Gatsby doesn’t give any reason for Nick to doubt him, especially since he has artifacts to back up his stories. As Gatsby gets closer to Daisy, Tom decides to do some of his own digging on who Jay Gatsby really is. Tom tells Daisy as well as Nick that he discovers “’[h]e [Gatsby] and this Wolfsheim bought up a lot of side-street drug-stores here and in Chicago and sold grain alcohol over the counter’” (Fitzgerald 133) and that’s how he acquired all his money. Which Gatsby doesn’t deny that he sold liquor with Wolfsheim and it would explain what business him and Wolfshiem were in together. Gatsby’s veil of anonymity is torn and the real Gatsby is

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