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The Great Gatsby : Hedonism

English 12

William Kim

on 10 April 2014

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Transcript of The Great Gatsby : Hedonism

By: Jiminy Cricket
By: Harry Gardner
Gin is the national drink and sex is the national obsession
-Daisy is obsessed with the luxury life.
- It is easy to infer that Tom and Daisy’s marriage is based mainly on Tom’s riches and impeccable social status.
“It makes me sad because I've never seen such--such beautiful shirts before.” (92)
-Her carefree attitude reflects her life and how it has become so accustomed to Tom’s riches that she takes it all for granted.
-It’s hard to determine whether her love is genuine or superficial for Gatsby; it can go either way. We know that her love for riches is very pertinent, but is Gatsby in himself enough to surpass Daisy’s love for materialism?

Thursday, April 10th, 1922
Vol XCIII, No. 311
By: Fred Alistair
By: Stan Macintosh
-Tom’s obsession is that of power.
- Hits Myrtle at their apartment.
- Rise of the Coloured Empire shows his belief in racial segregation
-Arrogant and cruel. A supercilious man only impressed by those with extreme wealth.
“’…And Mr. Buchanan-‘After an instant’s hesitation he added: ‘the polo player’. ‘Oh, no,’ objected Tom quickly, ‘not me.’” (105)
- He feels secure when he knows that he is the king of the hill.
“What kind of a row are you trying to cause in my house anyhow?” (129)
-Openly challenges Gatsby at the hotel.

-Jordan portrays her hedonistic side most obviously in her gossiping.
- Need to be able to have control over her relationships.
- So, this can directly translate into having to come out on top.
- Another example is at Gatsby’s parties where she is seen “toying” with several men and being the flirtatious liar she is.
“...and for a moment I thought I loved her. But I am slow-thinking and full of interior rules that act as brakes on my desires.” (58)

-Nick is the least influenced by obsessions.
- This however does not reserve him from all obsessions.
- This seems improbable since he is not the type to take advantage of others.
“They’re a rotten crowd…You’re worth the whole damn bunch put together.” (154)

By: Trayvon Martins
-Daisy is the crown jewel of Gatsby’s obsessions.
- Clearly his judge of character is in need of fixing.
“His heart beat faster and faster as Daisy’s white face came up to his own. He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God. So he waited, listening for a moment longer to the tuning-fork that had been struck upon a star. Then he kissed her. At his lips’ touch she blossomed for him like a flower and the incarnation was complete. “(110)
- His reason is completely blinded by his love for Daisy that he acts completely irrationally.
“’My house looks well, doesn’t it?’ he demanded. ‘See how the whole front of it catches the light.’”(89)

-Hedonism is the philosophy which celebrates self-gratification as the only truth.
- “The Great Gatsby” is rich with the theme of hedonism.
- This theme ties in with the “American Dream”.
- The characters in the story are all victims to the ideology of the American Dream.
"Americans, while occasionally willing to be serfs, have always been obstinate about being peasantry."
- “Gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession” meaning pleasure was the national goal for everyone.
- People were willing to do anything to acquire that lavish life as shown in this story; and the best part about it was that it was possible.
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