These themes alone are a contrast, as money is a matter of the mind and love a matter of the heart. Although Fitzgerald glamorises the lifestyles of the rich minority, he also asks us to question how attractive money really is, by conveying to us the destruction and unhappiness that huge wealth can cause underneath its dazzling exterior. We are led through the various events of the novel by our narrator, Nick Carraway, who is also Gatsby's neighbour. Nick, despite being surrounded by e... ... middle of paper ... ...atsby's eventual death. Daisy, by killing a woman in Gatsby's car, represents the fact that unmaterialistic people are often downtrodden by the wealthy.
The Wealthy during the 1920s are shown to be egotistical people who only care about their own pleasure. New found independence, new technology, and a ban that only make alcohol more tempting certainly makes this prosperous time a moral dystopia. For the first time for many people, they can do almost anything with money; sometimes at the expense of others. The others were forced to live in poverty, endured careless rich people, and get blamed for their mess. Unfortunately for the rich, the Great Depression slap them back into reality and they have to work hard to get back what they lost.
Recklessness while driving is also displayed throughout the novel to show this theme of irresponsibility within the wealthy; this can be seen when Tom and Gatsby drive along with Jordan and Daisy. Therefore it can be said that throughout The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald demonstrates his disgust for the upper class through Tom and Daisy’s careless acts and irresponsibility for their actions. Fitzgerald utilizes the main character, Tom Buchannan to depict this inconsiderate and irresponsible nature in the upper-class. This can be perceived within his sexist personality and careless acts in regards to driving. Nick says about Tom, “I couldn’t forgive him or like him but I saw that what he had done was, to him, entirely justified.
The various social climbers and ambitious speculators who attend Gatsby’s parties illustrate the greedy scramble for wealth. Meyer Wolfshiem and Gatsby’s fortune symbolize the rise of organized crime and bootlegging. As Fitzgerald saw it the American dream was originally about discovery, individualism, and the pursuit of happiness. In the 1920s, however, as depicted in the novel, easy money and laid-back social values have spoiled this dream, especially on the East Coast. The main plotline of the novel reflects this judgment, as Gatsby’s dream of loving Daisy is ruined by the difference in their own social places, his resorting to crime to make enough money to make an impression on her, and the raging materialism that distinguishes her existence.
Society is totally corrupted and the character’s lives revolve around the money and extravagant lifestyles. All of the characters are surrounded with expensive and unnecessary itms, which in turn, dulls their dream of actual success. Scott F. Fitzgerald provides a powerful and everlasting message of a corrupt, materialistic society and the effects that it has on the idea of the American dream.
Alcohol in large amounts and large groups can cause misjudgements and even death. All in All drinking by Gatsby¹s guests led to extremely reckless behaviors. Next and final of all is the emptiness that the characters of this book posses and how it affects their lives. Tom Buchannen, an insidious man who had an affair with Myrtle, has the nerve to be married to Daisy and have a mistress. Following Tom is a man they call Kiplinsinger, a gambling piano player, who lives with Gatsby and doesn¹t go to the funeral but he has the brashness to ask for his tennis shoes back.
The reckless exultance that led to large, elegant parties, similar to the ostentatious parties Jay Gatsby threw every Saturday night, resulted in the further corruption and disintegration of the American dream because of the limitless desire for money and pleasure took higher precedence over patrician goals. The characters in the Great Gatsby are used as representations of the new corrupt social trends of the American 1920s. An example of Fitzgerald’s positioning of the characters as representations are the various party guests that would attend Jay Gatsby’s lavish parties. “I believe that on the first night I went to Gatsby's house I was one of the few guests who had actually been invited. People were not invited-they went there.
and giant clothing collection all represent the corruption. His use of status when the police officer completely ignored him after violating the law. But the biggest example is Tom and Daisy Buchanan, who live without hope and regret because all they care about is money, being wealthy and at the top of the social class. Nick describes the Buchanan's as careless 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 made…” (Fitzgerald 179)
Anothe... ... middle of paper ... ... the ending of the realistic American dream through hard work and honest values, and the decline and corruption due to society's obsession with material wealth and power. From the beginning to end of the Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald explored the idea of corruption of the American dream and society during the 1920s (roaring 20s) at a time of great prosperity and hope in American. Jay Gatsby who Nick once described as “being better than all of them put together’ originally from the Midwest where traditional values were upheld, had became corrupted with his first contact with wealth and power which was daisy Buchanan. Wealth has a corrupting power that can corrupt even a character with the best intentions. To this day American society still struggles with corruption of morals as money has became a major factor in how one is judged and how much power they hold in society .
He fell into a delusional state in which he believed that his money could buy anything. Gatsby, unsatisfied with his humble origins, wanted a life of sumptuous parties, fancy clothing, and the woman of his dreams. This led him to the corrupt underground world of illegal operations, especially the smuggling of alcohol. The 1920’s marked a decade of loose moral and social values. People were engaged in an era of consumerism as displayed by Gatsby’s parties.