(pg.40) Shallow, corrupt people like Jordan Baker gossip with reckless abandon about their mysterious host. Their careless, superficial attitudes and wanton behavior represent Fitzgerald's depiction of the corrupt American Dream. Another force of corruption responsible for Gatsby's fate is his obsession with a woman of Daisy's nature. Determined to marry her after returning from the war, he is blind to her shallow, cowardly nature. He is unable to see the corruption which lies beyond her physical beauty, charming manner and playful banter.
Well, if that 's the idea you can count me out […] Nowadays people begin by sneering at family life and family institutions, and next they 'll throw everything overboard and have intermarriage between black and white”(Fitzgerald 130). Tom basically says Gatsby is a no one and has not done anything to get his money. He also says Gatsby does not have enough money to “buy” off Daisy and shows an example of money buying happiness. Tom also uses his money to make him happy rather than Daisy, with Myrtle but Wilson, also there and Tom hates poor people like Wilson. He makes Tom mad which does not equate to happiness of Tom and therefore coming to the conclusion of money cannot indeed buy
Nick abuses love by not caring enough nor putting in enough effort to make the love last; as a result, he has to turn away from her and deal with confusing emotions and a lost love. Cataclysmic love is not just the cause for mixed emotions, but strong emotions, from both loss and pain. Tom Buchanan abuses love by cheat... ... middle of paper ... ...ow to himself – which eventually causes him to get murdered by Wilson – than let Daisy take the blame. Apathy, affair, and obsession over love are the ways the characters destroy themselves in The Great Gatsby. Gatsby’s intentions were noble, but the fact that he took love too far led to Wilson shooting him and committing suicide, destroying them both.
This is why people, like Myrtle try to do anything to get away from it but instead it becomes unachievable for them. When Myrtle tried to escape from the ashes by trying to be with a rich man like Tom, she dies. This embellishes how The American dream is unattainable. When Tom goes and sees George, you can see how the higher classes look down on the lower classes because of their different social positions. The higher-class people such as, Tom, Daisy, and Jordan represent the unstructured bodies of ashes within the valley.
Gatsby, Myrtle and Tom lie to themselves and others through their words and actions. Gatsby and Myrtle attempt to be social climbers; Gatsby loves the idea of Daisy and Myrtle loves the idea of Tom and what he can provide for her. They both try to appear as someone they are not: Gatsby tries to appear as a successful man who comes from a wealthy family while Myrtle longs to appear as an upper class woman. Their lies have tragic results since Myrtle, Gatsby and Mr. Wilson all die needlessly. However, Tom, who seems to be successful, lies because he is selfish and thinks only about fulfilling his personal needs.
She needed Tom not for love, but for his family history of old money. This dependency helped Daisy remain ... ... middle of paper ... ...he narrator of The Great Gatsby, who exposed the extent to which the characters would go to achieve this sense of security and illusive happiness. Tom and Daisy never attained happiness in the course of the novel. Their strong reputation was ruined and they were forced to leave New York. But the consequences of Gatsby's lies were much more serious - irreparable, in fact.
Tom, he is careless for having a mistress. He does not care whether it will hurt Daisy’s feelings or not. What is more, he misled Myrtle’s husband to believe Gatsby was responsible for Myrtle’s death, which is another sign of being careless about Gatsby’s death. Nick here is judging both of them as careless people since they run away from problems or avoid them every times, and they left the difficulties to others as though they can use their wealth and social position to do so. All in all, in the book, characters like Nick, Tom and Jordan do judge people that around them.
Furthermore, Tom is also dishonest directly to Daisy about his double life; Tom’s extramarital affair ultimately proves that he does not treat his spouse, Daisy, well. Tom does not respect his own wife as he constantly deceits her so he can be content “Tom is the sort of man who can exercise is potency only if he is with a certain kind of woman. Myrtle Wilson is such a woman; Tom’s chambermaid in Santa Barbara is another” (Page 79, Oral Aggression and Splitting, A.B. Paulson). Tom’s poor behavior and disloyalty towards Daisy is merely to satisfy his own needs and he does not care to consider the feelings of those around him.
Tom uses Myrtle for sex and in return she receives money and gifts. There is no actual love between the two, just the lure of material possession. The reasoning behind this is Myrtle is sick of here husbands lack of success and longs for wealth, which Tom has. Tom who is from the West Eggs, looks down on anyone not in his “class” there fore treating Myrtle like trash, you could even say just using her. This theme is continued when Tom marries Daisy.
I don’t mean that he had traded his phantom millions,... ... middle of paper ... ...of events, leading to many deaths. On the other hand, because Gatsby was lying and deceiving people to try to reach a goal, should his actions be considered ambitious? Since Tom and Daisy were not truly in love, and simply did not want to hurt the other, should their actions be considered thoughtful? Maybe there is a good intention behind the lies, but never a good outcome. Works Cited Fitzgerald, F. Scott.