Flaws and immaculate qualities both exist in humans. While a person's better qualities lead him to success, the imperfections result in his downfall. As in Romeo and Juliet, Romeo makes a foolish decision and pursues Juliet even when he knows that both their families are fierce enemies. This results in their downfall; Romeo and Juliet die. In F. Scott Fitzgerald's, The Great Gatsby, certain characters possess flaws that that result them to make foolish choices. Though heroic at times, Gatsby's flaw, foolishness, results in him making inappropriate choices about how he tries to achieve status and achieve love, ultimately resulting in his downfall. .
Gatsby makes inappropriate choices to achieve money and fame even though he is heroic at times. He fights in WWI and achieves several medals for his brave and heroic performance, "I was promoted to be a major, and every Allied government gave me a decoration" (65). Gatsby advances with his battalion machine gun and kills a large number of German soldiers with the help of his infantry. He is, therefore, awarded for his bravery which proves his heroic performance. Contrastingly, he changes his identity from James Gatz (his family name) to Jay Gatsby before he could start making money, "James Gatz that was really or at least legally his name. He had changed it at the age of seventeen and at the specific moment that witnessed the beginning of his career" (94).
Gatsby thinks that he will not be able to advance in his life with his poor family background; therefore, he changes his identity. He does not have the courage to represent his family. This shows that somewhere in Gatsby's heart, Gatsby is a coward. The first wrong choice that he makes is changing his name. This is the start of a journey that will lead him to his downfall. Moreover, Gatsby achieves money through bootlegging. This becomes a risk to his reputation and this risk does become a reality, I found out what your drug stores were.