In the novel, The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald has a pessimistic vision of America and his depiction is that when man concerns himself with only his success, the result is corruption. Whether a man’s corrupt actions is the cause of his downfall alone or the downfall of society, there is no doubt that individual corruption leads to individual ruin in the novel.
Digging deeper, however, it is clear that the novel is more than just a love affair between Gatsby and Daisy; rather it is an accurate reflection of the 1920s. The Great Gatsby depicts the corruption and human depravity of the times to illustrate how the American Dream is marked by greed and lack of moral values. Primarily, F. Scott Fitzgerald condemns the lack of morality during the 1920s in The Great Gatsby. His portrayal of the 1920s describes a time when society was very materialistic and was obsessed with money. People would do absolutely anything, no matter how unethical, to attain the American Dream; but what they did not realize was that money cannot buy happiness.
In the novel, “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the author establishes materialism and wealth as a corruption to the American dream. The American dream embodies the idea of self-sufficient, honest and intelligent individual with a happy successful life. It is also the idea of the pursuit of happiness but Daisy Buchanan a wealthy aristocrat goes after the empty pursuit of pleasure, portraying her character as a disillusionment of the American dream and how much it lost its good values. The wealthy are blinded by all their money, such as the Buchanan’s who forget the real idea of the American dream leading them to having no morals or values. The money gives them the ability to walk all over others, careless of whom they hurt and affect.
In his novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald, conveyed his belief that wealth and materialism corrupted the American Dream. In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald shows his disapproval of the times by portraying characters attempting to achieve their American Dream by any means possible. Myrtle Wilson, a low class inhabitant of the valley of ashes, puts her morals to the side when pursuing the wealthy life. Not even marriage stops Myrtle from having an affair with Tom Buchanan-- a rich man who enables her to finally buy the life she thinks she deserves. Not only does Myrtle cheat on her own husband, but she has an affair with someone who caught her eye with "a dress suit and patent leather shoes and [she] couldn't keep [her] eyes off him" (Fitzgerald 40).
He pursues money for love, and freedom. Both of them also end in demise because of their dreams; for Gatsby he takes the blame of Myrtle’s murder by Daisy, and for Myrtle, she runs towards the car outside thinking it was Tom. Gatsby is too focused on winning over Daisy that he misses the bigger picture, he blinds himself to the idea that Daisy could love him back just because of his achieved wealth. But in fact, Daisy could never choose him over Tom. The difference between Tom and Gatsby is that Tom represents “old money” which means that he is born to wealth, and that he has a well
Jack tells her about his impressive lifestyle and his success and Lady Bracknell complains that he lives on the wrong side of the street. Then Jack tells her the sad story of how he was abandoned as a child and she tells him that he needs to find his parents if he wants to marry her daughter. With these ridiculous responses Wilde is trying to emphasize that the upper class believe that they are worthy of more than anyone else and are insensitive to the feelings of others. Later on, Lady Bracknell tells Algernon that he can not marry Cecily, Jack’s ward. This wealthy woman only decides to chan... ... middle of paper ... ...heir comments.
She uses the people around her to fit into the social scene and boast her wealth and fake happiness, which obstructs her morals and emotions as a human being. Daisy valued life holds no true meaning for her. She treats others horribly without a ... ... middle of paper ... ...after he finds out about Daisy and Gatsby’s affair. (137) Even though Tom is an adulterer himself, he cannot stand the thought of his wife doing the same. He is a jealous hypocrite, who lusts for all the power and puts shame to his name and affluent life.
The couples in The Great Gatsby are Gatsby and Daisy, Tom and Myrtle, and Myrtle and her husband. Each couple in this play has a dishonest relationship in which one or both are Unfaithful to their significant other. The relationship between Gatsby and Daisy is one of constant lies, and deceit. Gatsby falls in love with Daisy before he goes to the Army as a young man, and Daisy fell in love with him too. Yet Daisy is very materialistic and Tom, a very rich man came into place and Daisy married him instead of waiting for Gatsby like she had promised.
The reason why Tom cheats on his wife is because he really doesn’t like her but ironically is jealous when daisy starts to leave the house suspiciously to go see Gatsby. Finally, Gatsby is a very appealing character because he has a lot of style and he is driven by this dream of being upper class that he becomes a millionaire and has this remarkable life style but he can’t get Daisy and he dies trying to get her back. Gatsby’s problem is that it’s not enough for him to be rich now he doesn’t care about the parties or the life style. He needs to reach back into this past and start a life with daisy when they were both innocent that was the moment when he needed to be a rich kid but he can’t change the past.
Her American Dream did not differentiate from most people in the roaring twenties, she wanted to be high in social status and obtain great wealth. George, her faithful, yet poor and lower class husband, treats her with very much respect and acts very prideful of her. Myrtle does not appreciate his efforts, and becomes so unsatisfied with their relationship that she has an affair with Tom. “‘I married him because I thought he was a gentleman... I thought he knew something about breeding, but he wasn’t fit to lick my shoe’” (Fitzgerald 34).