How Success is Criticized in The Great Gatsby

Jay Gatsby. Everyone knows his name, but no one knows him. Rumors about him and his life filled his community. One of the most successful men in the country at the time, yet the whole novel I find myself feeling bad for Gatsby. He has all the clothes he could ever want, an enormous house, and the power to go anywhere he wants. His house is filled with hundreds of people during his parties, yet he is so utterly alone. Fitzgerald’s approach to this idea that wealth and success means being alone, shows that a successful person only works towards their own individual goal, leaving behind people who they may see as “holding them back.” Gatsby’s journey to a successful life ultimately left him all alone in the end. Fitzgerald also sheds light on how lonely people are truly the most vulnerable and blind. Jay Gatsby is a lonely man with all the money in the world, if he wants something (Daisy), he should be able to get it, right? His success left him with no one, only materials, and a heart that doesn’t really understand love, because it hasn’t truly received it. A man who doesn’t understand love but has enough to, in his eyes, buy it, is a dangerous person. In modern day, we can almost compare Jay Gatsby to a kind of “sugar daddy.” I’m not saying this is a direct connection because Gatsby is portrayed as nearly as desperate, but he is a lonely man with money who will do whatever it takes to gain love or validation from a women.

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