The immorality of the characters of Jay Gatsby and Tom Buchanan is due to the corrupted values popularized by the American Dream. This statement can be confirmed with the importance given to consumerism by Gatsby and his illegal act, and the supposedly superiority and the selfishness of Tom. The American society gives to Jay Gatsby immoral values and it also corrupts him by the importance given to money. Gatsby’s first contact with the American Dream is when he discovers Cody’s big yacht: “[…] that yacht represented all the beauty and glamour in the world” (Fitzgerald 100). Cody is a man who makes his fortune with metal and who become alcoholic.
In the novel, The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald’s vision of America is negative and his depiction is that when man is concerned with only his success, the result is corruption. In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald’s vision of America is that a dream can become corrupted by one’s focus on wealth and expensive goods. The novel starts with a wealthy but lonely man who had one goal to be known. This man goes by the name Gatsby, Jay Gatsby. He fulfills his desire by throwing spontaneous parties for an unlimited amount of people, yet he has no real friends.
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, pulls away the curtain and with immense detail portrays the ugly and ignorance of the people and life during the 1920’s. It shrouds light on early America in a corruptive and dishonest time. The American Dream had now been crooked and fraudulent as cheap liquor, huge parties, loosely hung morals, and money beyond dreams was a new way of life. This desire for wealth had caused citizens to be lost and lose control, throwing money left and right. Jay Gatsby started out poor and a self-made man guided by only hope.
It is in this moment of shock that Gatsby realizes that all he has dreamt up for his future was actually his past. On the other hand, Daisy manages to face the reality of life and live in the present. Gatsby’s death is a representation of his failed dreams. The last thing that Gatsby’s best friend, Nick, manages to say to him before he is murdered is, “They’re a rotten crowd, you’re worth the whole damn bunch put together.” (198). This shows that Gatsby, even though he is wealthy, has a lot more to look to in his life than others.
Her careless actions eventually resul... ... middle of paper ... ... shown to be the main reason for the dream’s death. It becomes mixed up with hope and success which replaces the dream with materialism. This is shown through Gatsby’s illegal actions and connections to make money. His huge parties, mansion. and giant clothing collection all represent the corruption.
In this story, Nick Carraway, the narrator, moves in next to Jay Gatsby, an eccentric billionaire with a deep passion for Daisy Buchanan, the girl from his past that left him because he was poor. Gatsby tries to win her back by throwing huge parties and flaunting his wealth to prove his love for her. The social occasions depicted in this novel reveal the morals of the characters that surround Jay Gatsby. The attendees of Gatsby’s parties show that during happy times, everyone wants their share of the fun. Almost everyone in attendance is simply there to have fun on Mr. Gatsby’s dime.
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.
He is devoted to his dream of perfect romance. He is very wealthy and believes that all of his dreams will come true, and his new life will come together as ... ... middle of paper ... ... by the material objects he possesses because he took so much pride in them, especially his car. Many symbols are used, such as the valley of the ashes, representing all the corruption in society, Gatsby's car, his unread books and parties that he did not attend all symbolized his desire to look good but have little function. The theme of this story is that wealth without a worthy purpose is ultimately self-destructive. I thought the end of this story was very believeable.
This shows us that Gatsby's involvement with bootlegging as well as other illegal business causes him to be engulfed with greed and power which distracting him from his main goal of winning daisy back. This all shows us that wealth can change and corrupt individuals and put them in a disillusionment no matter where they came from or why they wish to obtain it. In the end Fitzgerald says that obtaining wealth is a part of life that can change and most of the time destroy the moral dignities of man and give him a selfish and corrupted view of the world as if wealth was a disease upon the minds of men.
Gatsby, gains his wealth through bootlegging only because he wants to show Daisy his wealth. Sadly, his determination for his love is what gets him killed. The author uses different characters throughout the novel to present his theme. Symbols can also be found in The Great Gatsby. An example would be West Egg which represents the recent rich and East Egg which represents the established upper classes.