Narcissism In The Great Gatsby

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Created by F. Scott Fitzgerald in the 1952 novel, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby is a rich and mysterious billionaire who throws big parties in the fictional town of West Egg just to gain the girl he loves back. In this evaluation, the analysis would be done solely on the film version directed by Baz Luhrmann starring Leonardo DiCaprio (Luhrmann, 2013).
To begin with, the movie is narrated through the character Nick Carraway’s eyes. In his opinion, Jay Gatsby is at first very mysterious, charming, and noble, even though Gatsby’s multiple identities are suspicious. After knowing Gatsby, Nick realizes that Gatsby is just bragging and fabricating about his multiple identities and in fact gains all the fortune from illegal activities. In reality, Gatsby came from a poor family and ran away since he believes that “he is chosen by god” and could eventually achieve success, power, and wealth (Luhrmann, 2013). In the movie, he achieved wealth after involving in criminal bootlegging, but eventually died for the girl called Daisy who he has loved since he was still young and poor.
Due to the point that Gatsby tries so hard to build an unreal image of himself, this analysis would first use single trait approach of narcissism to analyze Gatsby. The use of single trait approach is to analyze the character’s behaviors based on this single trait. The single trait approach of narcissism is necessary in this analysis since Gatsby possesses all the symptoms of narcissism, which are excessive
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