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Hedonism and The Great Gatsby Hedonism means to live only for pleasure It means not thinking about the consequences of your actions as long as make you happy Its a total abandon of all responsibilities This type of lifestyle often has negative results I mean look at the hippies and how their hedonistic society turned out They are all either in rehab centers or have kids running around with names like Moonbeam and Starchild But enough hippie bashing - lets look at how the Hedonistic way of life is integrated into The Great Gatsby Lets take the parties for example Gatsby has a party just about every week no matter what He has tons of people come over and they party all night Gatsby has tons of booze at his parties and no one thinks of consuming anything but alcohol Everybody is getting drunk everywhere And Gatsby gives no thought to cost- at one party he has an entire orchestra playing for his guests People come to the party who arent invited yet Gatsby makes no effort to get rid of them he lets them stay maybe hoping that theyll help to let everyone at the party have a better time Another example of hedonism is the house that Gatsby lives in He lives there alone yet its a huge mansion He has maids and a butler but HE LIVES THERE ALONE True he moved there to be close to Daisy but wouldnt that be considered an act of hedonism in itself Moving to a MANSION to get the pleasure of being close to Daisy I would consider that pretty hedonistic Gatsby has a huge library for the visual effect it gives yet no one in an entire lifetime could read all of those books He also has music rooms in his house I never read anything at all in this book to suggest that
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