The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

1025 Words Mar 22nd, 2016 5 Pages
Careless Hedonist’s Withstand Time Approximately 15.6 million people in America acquired plastic surgery and 3, 866 people died at the hands of drunk drivers in the state of Illinois. 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.
In today’s society, people’s pursuits of pleasure bring purpose to their lives, this idea is known as hedonism. 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 future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther….” (Fitzgerald 189). Fitzgerald uses this quote to eloquently wrap up his novel and showcase Nick’s…

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