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The Theme of Carelessness in The Great Gatsby

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The Theme of Carelessness in The Great Gatsby

   The idea of carelessness plays an important role in The Great Gatsby.

Daisy, Tom, Jordan, Gatsby and Nick were all careless at some points throughout

the book.  Daisy and Tom were careless about their relationship, their money,

and many of their daily activities.  Gatsby was also unconcerned with his money.

Jordan was blasé about the way she treated other people.


        "They were careless people, Tom and Daisy - they smashed up things and

creatures and then retreated back to their money or their vast carelessness, or

whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess

they had made. . . ."(189)  This was an accurate description of the way Tom and

Daisy acted.  They were constantly neglectful of the way they behaved and when

they realized they were wrong, they would retreat back to their money.  It was

always other people that had to pay for Tom and Daisy's careless mistakes.

      Daisy also admitted that she was careless in a dialog...

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