Malcolm Gladwell In The Great Gatsby

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To be an outlier one must defy the beliefs of others in their attempt to peruse what many think is highly improbable. In Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell argues that the true story of success is very different from what many believe, and that if people want to understand how some of society thrives, people should spend more time looking around the circumstances at which those who are successful become so; such as, their family, their birthplace, or even their birth date. In revealing that hidden logic, Gladwell presents a blueprint for making the most of human potential. In the novel, The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald a man, Jay Gatsby, goes from rags to riches and becomes an example of Gladwell’s meaning of success. His birthplace,…show more content…
His parents were not wealthy and discarded his ideas for his future. He was a young boy when he realized he wanted to be someone different and go against statistics. The state of South Dakota, at the time, was considered a farming state. “It was the fifth leading producers of barley” (South Dakota Public Records 1) allowing the life of a farmer to grow into a safe profession.While on his own, he had the opportunity to reinvent himself, and due solely to his own resourcefulness. James went against the normalcy of his surrounding society. Instead of leaving a predicable life he decided to attempt a way of life that many would fear to try. James Gatz changed his name and evolved into a man named Jay Gatsby. He started life with little, as the son of fairly unsuccessful farmers. By the time he was a young man he had even less, having voluntarily estranged himself from his family, unable to come to terms with the restriction of his past home. As such, life became much different. He was no longer tied to his early years, but could imagine whatever past for himself he desired. Gatsby's drive and perseverance in obtaining a young Jay Gatsby out into a new world to fulfill the goals he had, that no one else believed

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