Paper: How Hedonism Is Manifested in the Great Gatsby Play

| 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. | never read anything at all in this book to suggest that Gatsby was musically inclined. Also, Gatsbys wardrobe has to be the biggest that | have ever heard of. The pile of clothes is described as being a heap. That, to me, means a lot of shirts. At one point in the novel, Nick says that he was about to ask to see the rubies. Now, | dont know if he was serious or not, but , just for the sake of argument, lets say he was being serious. Why, exactly, does Gatsby have rubies in his house? Gatsby has two motorboats. Why does one person need two motorboats? He also has a hydroplane, which he apparently flies just for the pleasure that it brings him. The hydroplane could only be used for pleasure. If he needs to go to the grocery store, for example, Im pretty sure that hes not going to fly his plane over and land in the handy water strip conveniently located right outside! Also, the extravagant use of money by all of the upper class people in this book strikes me as being unnecessary. Daisy buys a dog for no reason other than that she thinks its cute. She doesnt think of what shell do with it when she gets home, just that she wanted it when she saw it, so she bought it. Gatsbys car is another example of unneeded money being spent on a luxury- in this case a Rolls Royce. Sure- its a nice car, but does he really need it? In the end, Gatsbys lifestyle left him with next to nothing. When he died, only his father, Nick, some servants, the postman, and the man with the owl-eyed glasses came to his funeral. It goes to show you that living only for pleasure is not the best kind of life to lead....