What is Gatsby's tragic flaw and how does it condemn him?

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Gatsby tries to believe in the image he has created - of himself first, then of others. He has become wealthy through dubious means (bootlegging whiskey and gambling) but manages to keep up a clean "preppy" look just the same. He maintains his status by throwing lavish parties but does not seem to really care to much (on a personal level, that is) about the 'friends' he invites. He remains detached from the essential - developing true relationships with "real" people. He is a loner in the crowd:

Only Gatsby, who was relatively unselfish in his life, and whose...

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