The Seven Deadly Sins of The Great Gatsby

he Great Gatsby has been touted as many things: one of the contenders for the title of “The Great American Novel,” a flash game, and now, a summer blockbuster. But for all the things that The Great Gatsby has been, a good example certainly is not one of them. The way that the story’s characters embrace the wild lifestyle of the 1920s seems almost like a “how not to” guide for living your life, reports Busted Halo.
In fact, there’s a character or situation in Gatsby for practically all of the seven deadly sins that humanity is to avoid. Let’s take a look at some of those sins, the characters and actions behind them, and what we can do to avoid falling into the same snares in our own lives.


One of the basic facts about Jay Gatsby is that he throws amazing parties at his house every weekend. Alcohol flows, dancing abounds, and people aren’t even invited — they just show up. These partygoers, it would seem, exhibit the sin of gluttony, in that they eat and drink and dance and party to excess, and take extreme advantage of the offerings of a man they don’t even know.

How to avoid it: Well, first of all, if you know of someone throwing free, extravagant house parties every weekend, let me know. Following that (and the more realistic notion that you probably don’t know someone who’s got an open house and an open bar in a mansion on the water), the best thing to do would be to avoid excess. You don’t have to avoid the party scene altogether if that’s how you have fun, but be mindful that too much of anything can be bad for you.

In Gatsby, we see many characters who are a bit more than well-off. Both Gatsby and the Buchanans (Tom and Daisy) live in lavish waterfront homes, yet they still yearn for more. It seems that no one in The Great Gatsby is truly content with their current status — everyone is constantly on the lookout for what they can grab hold of next.

How to avoid it: Greed, like gluttony, is best kept at bay by self-awareness. Take a moment every now and then to appreciate what you have, rather than always looking ahead to the next thing that you want.

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