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Ben Johnson wanted to be the fastest man in the world To attain this goal he took steroids He attempted to gain success at all costs Much like Ben Jay Gatsby attempted to achieve the love of Daisy Buchanan with reckless regard for the truth He used immoral methods to change his social position threw extravagant parties and refused to see reality In F Scott Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby Jay Gatsby attempted to achieve his goal of Daisys love at all costs Gatsby used immoral methods to change his social position He began by buying out small drug stores in various cities so that he could sell bootlegged liquor to people while prohibition was in effect He and this Wolfsheim bought up a lot of side-street drug stores here and in Chicago and sold grain alcohol over the counter Fitzgerald Pg 134 Selling bootlegged liquor was considered a very serious crime which shows that Gatsby was so caught up in amassing his wealth that he did not care what he was involved in as long as it paid very well and very quickly When he had his fortune he was concerned about nothing more than attracting Daisys attention He bought an old house and tried to make it look like he had been rich all along Gatsby bought the house so that Daisy would be just across the bay Fitzgerald Pg 79 He did not care about the house he would have been satisfied living in a shack but he had to hide the fact that he was newly rich by buying this mansion across the bay from Daisy When asked about his past he lied to everyone in order to give the illusion that he was an established well educated young man Even when he spoke to his friend Nick he was forced to cover up his past He hurried the phrase Educated at Oxford or swallowed it or
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