The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

1539 WordsNov 27, 20167 Pages
A yearning for power, the thirst to become wealthy, intense cravings of lust, these examples of greed affects humanity in various ways, yet always seems to control a society. This constant longing for more is prevalent among most people, including the protagonists of beloved novels, often resulting in their gradual downfall. This corrupt behavior is addressed in Siddhartha Gautama’s ancient fire sermon, which discusses the important Buddhist idea of freeing oneself from desire. This ancient saying is among some of the most treasured and analyzed Buddhist compositions, and molds the values and morals of a culture. Its teachings illuminate the destructive qualities shown in society and throughout literature and its relevance can be examined in The Great Gatsby written by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Macbeth written by William Shakespeare. The powerful motivation generated from a vigorous thirst enables one to become a proactive individual, or alternatively drags a person into a sedentary state. The varied consequences of overly desirous people are caused by life 's ambiguity. The character of Macbeth, from Shakespeare 's classic tragedy, is driven by his impulsive determination to act on his most lustful desires. Likewise in The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby becomes obsessed with a futile quest for a woman 's love. Both Gatsby and Macbeth dramatically contort a lust for desire, leading to the ultimate cause of their demise. Ancient sayings perpetuate realistic principles based on
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