Old Money Has A Corrupted Sense Of Morality In The Great Gatsby

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Fitzgerald also puts the immortality of old as well as new money front and center later in the book. It starts with tom cheating on his wife, but also advances later when Daisy ends up killing Myrtle. She allows Gatsby to cover up that she was actually the one driving. Furthermore, after Gatsby's death Nick does not come forward to say what actually happened. "They were careless people, Tom and Daisy—they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into 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" (187-188). That means multiple people connected to old money have decaying morals. Moreover, it shows how Gatsby, even coming from new money, has a corrupted sense of morality much in the same way as the old money characters. These decays in morals are partly contributed to the fact that most old money people are ignorant towards lower classes. …show more content…

Ignorance is not stopped by any amount of wealth old or new. Furthermore, money doesn't mean that you are any advantages in terms of morality. However, it could be argued that old money has some social advantages, but old money group were usually tight nit and hard for anyone outside of an old money group to be included in their activities. In conclusion, the way Fitzgerald portrays old money people shows a lack of morality, social acceptance, and stereotypical

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