The fact that people just show up to these parties also creates a feeling of

The fact that people just show up to these parties

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allude to historical renditions of roman festivals. The fact that people just show up to these parties also creates a feeling of almost god-like praise toward Gatsby and his popularity. Fitzgerald writes, “People were not invited—they went there… sometimes they came and went without having met Gatsby at all” (Fitzgerald 41). This helps to emphasize the fact that Gatsby is presenting himself at these parties as a god or a greater being. These parties are a prime example of how Gatsby sees himself as a greater being than the rest. He has these parties almost as a festival or praise to himself, and these people his persistent followers, celebrating him in all his glory. As he falls back in love with Daisy, his delusions of grandeur begin to falter, and we see this effect on him as he interacts with Daisy, particularly in regard to her child with Tom. The fourth edition of the DSM states that narcissists are preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love. This can be seen within Gatsby’s relationship with Daisy, as well as its downfall. Throughout the novel, Fitzgerald describes how Gatsby has waited so long for Daisy to be his that he may have even neglected any other form of relationship with any other person. The fact that he had waited years just for Daisy shows that his delusions of ideal love have shown Daisy as his one and only love. These delusions are then shattered when we are introduced to Tom and Daisy’s child, Pamela. When Daisy brings Gatsby and Nick to meet Pamela, Nick says that "Gatsby and I in turn leaned down and took the small, reluctant hand. Afterward he kept looking at the child with surprise. I don't think he had ever really believed in its existence before"(Fitzgerald, 117). Fitzgerald uses this description to help describe the world-shattering effect that this baby had on Gatsby. Gatsby had always believed
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  • Fall '15
  • Thomas Miller
  • The Great Gatsby, Narcissism, Arnold Rothstein, Narcissistic personality disorder

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