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The Great Gatsby: The Corruption of the American Dream

- In 1931 James Truslow Adams published a book named ‘Epic of America’ in which he popularized the concept of The American Dream. In this book he stated “The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement…” and once that phrase was written, The American Dream became what we truly know it as nowadays. It is the right of freedom, prosperity, equality and pursuit of happiness through hard work....   [tags: The Great Gatsby Essays]

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The Corruption of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby

- On April 10, 1925 F. Scott Fitzgerald published The Great Gatsby, a novel that would later become one of the best known pieces of classic literature in history. However, at the time of its publication, Gatsby was fairly unpopular ad the reviews were never consistent. As shocking as it may seem, I believe it is because Fitzgerald’s intelligence and creativity levels were way ahead of his time, which is evident when one pays close attention to the themes of the novel. Forgiveness, love, and memory of the past are just a few themes you will come across in this story....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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The Great Gatsby: Differences and Corruption of Classes

- The Great Gatsby: Differences and Corruption of Classes Money is essential for survival; it can bring happiness, despair, or corruption. It rules our daily lives, is preferred in large amounts, and separates us into different social classes. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, is a perfect example of this since the class structure within the novel, portrays how money or the need for it can cause corruption in all the different social classes. This is shown through the three distinct classes: old money represented by the Buchanan’s and their self-centered, racist nature, new money represented by Gatsby and his mysterious, illegal ways, and a class that can be called no money repr...   [tags: Classic American Literature]

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Corruption of Wealth and Society through Geography in The Great Gatsby

- Throughout The Great Gatsby, various locations are introduced that correlate to specific types of inhabitants. The geography of the novel is primarily comprised of four scenes: East Egg, West Egg, the valley of the ashes, and New York City. Although all of the localities are situated in the East, Nick muses at the end of the novel that the story is, in actuality, “of the West” (Fitzgerald 176). This discovery insinuates that the materialisms of the East besmirched the characters of the West, symbolizing the deteriorating effects the quest for riches has on traditional values....   [tags: The Great Gatsby]

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Corruption in The Great Gatsby

- ... They both could have been easily bought by Jordan or her wealthy family. Furthermore, Jordan exposes her deceptive side once again when she “leaves a borrowed car out in the rain with the top down, and then lied about it” (57). This action is careless yet Jordan doesn’t care she is destroying someone else’s property. She even goes as far as lying about it to evade the blame. Meyer Wolfsheim is another dishonest person who was corrupted by the thought of wealth. Gatsby informs Nick that “he’s the man who fixed the World Series back in 1919” (73)....   [tags: themes in F. Scott Fitzgerald novel]

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The Corruption of the American Dream in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

- Francis Scott Fitzgerald portrays the American Dream, originally a set of goals that included freedom, settlement, and an honest life with the possibility of upward social and economic mobility earned through hard work, as corrupted and debased by the egotistic materialism of the 1920s, an era which Fitzgerald characterizes chiefly by its greed and lavish hedonism, in his celebrated novel The Great Gatsby. Fitzgerald, in The Great Gatsby, seeks to discredit the supposed purity of the American Dream and belief that anyone can attain it through hard work....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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Corruption in The Great Gatsby

- Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was born in 1896 and died in 1940. After dismissed from the army in 1917, he returned to Princeton and finished his first novel This Side of Paradise, which made him wealthy overnight. He then married Zelda, a beautiful but expensive girl. During his time (which he named Jazz Age), the whole American society was immersed in the post-war deteriorations and economic booming. The so-called lost generation forfeited their believes on American dream and solely aimed to pursue material and sensual pleasures....   [tags: Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, Literary Analysis]

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Corruption Of The American Dream

- Taj Dimbo Mrs.Lepre American Literature P.1 12/15/2015 Corruption of the American Dream In The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald the American dream becomes corrupted by the pursuit of money. The American Dream is basically a dream to accomplish your goals but too much money and power can corrupt this dream. Gatsby was motivated to acquire his dream. “He stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way… and distinguished nothing except a single green light”(20). This quote shows how Gatsby was striving for his goal and trying to accomplish it no matter what the obstacles were....   [tags: The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Corruption]

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Social Status Corruption : The Great Gatsby

- Social Status Corruption What would you consider your class to be: lower, middle or higher. What makes a class high, middle, or low. In a book called The Great Gatsby, a show called Mad Men, and an article called Blue Collar Brilliance, all in the olden days, each proves the way America has a class ranking and pending on your rank could mean you have a great life or a terrible one. In The Great Gatsby, the higher class or rich people, has it all but how did they get there. We know Jay Gatsby cheated his way up by investing in illegal activities....   [tags: Working class, Sociology, Social class]

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Corruption in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

- The Great Gatsby In the Novel, F. Scott Fitzgerald portrays the corrupting nature of wealth and greed in his novel, “the Great Gatsby”. F. Scott Fitzgerald portrays the element of class division in chapter 4 when he describes the very vast luxuries of Gatsby, such as Precious Gemstones and Tiger skins that can only be obtained with someone that owns a lot of money, “I saw the skins of Tigers Flaming his palace on the Grand Canal; I saw him opening a chest of rubies with ease, with crimson lighted depths, the gnawing of his broken heart.” here, The author vividly describes in-detail of Gatsby’s luxurious life style and his possessions, “The only building was a small block of yellow brick si...   [tags: wealth, greed, superior]

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Money and Corruption in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

- Money and Corruption in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby During the time in our country's history called the roaring twenties, society had a new obsession, money. Just shortly after the great depression, people's focus now fell on wealth and success in the economic realm. Many Americans would stop at nothing to become rich and money was the new factor in separation of classes within society. Wealth was a direct reflection of how successful a person really was and now became what many people strived to be, to be rich....   [tags: Fitzgerald Great Gatsby, wealth, status]

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Corruption of the American Dream in the Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

- Broken Dreams and Fallen Themes In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald employs the use of characters, themes, and symbolism to convey the idea of the American Dream and its corruption through the aspects of wealth, family, and status. In regards to wealth and success, Fitzgerald makes clear the growing corruption of the American Dream by using Gatsby himself as a symbol for the corrupted dream throughout the text. In addition, when portraying the family the characters in Great Gatsby are used to expose the corruption growing in the family system present in the novel....   [tags: The Great Gatsby ]

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The Corruption of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

- The Corruption of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby, a novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is about the corruption of the American Dream, and the downfall of those who attempt to attain its illusionary goals. As the novel shows, the 20th century is a moral wasteland and a corruption of the original idealistic American Dream of the past. Fitzgerald's moral wasteland is shown physically in the "valley of ashes" scene of the novel. This 'dismal' and 'desolate' wasteland exists side-by-side with the white and unreal dream of Daisy and her world....   [tags: The Great Gatsby]

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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - Corruption of the American Dream

- Jay Gatsby is a man with a dream and will stop at nothing to attain it.  When he loses the love of his life to a wealthy, sophisticated and bigoted socialite, his mind is set.  Born a poor farm boy, he centers his life around achieving extraordinarily vast amounts of wealth and great social status.  The poor man never gets the girl; in fact, he never gets anything in Gatsby's eyes.  Gatsby is determined not only to be rich, but become the richest man who ever lived.  When he does become the richest man who ever lived, he wants to become the ultimate ruler of the universe.  Gatsby wants to be God.  Nick Carraway, his laid-back and observant neighbor, despises Gatsby's flamboyant and exaggerat...   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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Corruption and Failure in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

- Corruption in The Great Gatsby      The theme of human corruption, its sources and consequences, is a common concern among writers from Shakespeare through J.D Salinger. Some suggest that it attacks from outside, while others depict corruption occurring from within the individual. In the case if The Great Gatsby and it's protagonist's fate, Fitzgerald shows both factors at work. The moral climate of the Roaring Twenties, Daisy Fay Buchanan's pernicious hold on him, and Jay Gatsby's own nature all contribute to his tragic demise....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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gatdream Corruption of the Dream in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

- Corruption of the Dream in The Great Gatsby   The American Dream describes an attitude of hope and faith that looks forward to the fulfillment of human wishes and desires. What these wishes are, were expressed in Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence of 1776, where it was stated: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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Money and Corruption in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

- The novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald shows how money help corrupt people’s lives but Nick Caraway tries to help people take a different route and see life from a different perspective. The Great Gatsby was set in the in the 1920s when it was a theatrical and radical change. During these times, more Americans survived in cities than on farms and more people gained wealth. However individuals became nonchalant about the change while others became very aggressive which caused more problems than festivity in the 1920s.Fitzgerald characterizes Nick as a naïve person living in the roaring twenties as can be seen through his attitude which results in Nick being taking advantage and peo...   [tags: nick, west egg]

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Free Essays - Immorality and Corruption in the Great Gatsby

- Immorality and Corruption in the Great Gatsby In the novel, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald many of the characters could not be classified as a truly moral, a person who exhibits goodness or correctness in their character and behavior. Nick Carraway is not moral by any means; he is responsible for an affair between two major characters, Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan. Jay Gatsby does show some moral qualities when he attempts to go back and rescue Myrtle after she had been hit by Daisy....   [tags: Grapes Wrath essays]

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The Corruption of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

- The American Dream is portrayed by a dreamer who pursues to progress form scratch to riches, while gaining love, social status, wealth and power. Those in power, typically involving bribery, portray corruption as dishonest or fraudulent conduct. This applies to the western world where corruption is contributing to the downfall of society. Corruption in society is what leads us to think of the nation in a pessimistic way. 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....   [tags: tom, daisy, nick]

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The Corruption of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby

- The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York: Scribner, 1925. In Scott F. Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, men fight over a woman. To stay financially secure, they go into illegal business. Dreams are crushed and lives are lost. It is a story that relates to the corruption of the American Dream. The story takes place in an area near New York called "Long Island." It is in a shape of an egg. They focus in on places on there named "East Egg", "West Egg", and "The Valley of Ashes." West egg is for people who have recently made their fortunes....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald]

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The Ambition and Corruption of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

- In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, the characters, particularly Jay Gatsby strive to achieve the American Dream. During the 1920‘s, the American Dream was to have success. This success includes areas of wealth, love, and having material possessions, such as superb clothes, a vast house, and a car. Gatsby’s only reason to achieve the American Dream is so that he can win over the love of his life, Daisy Buchanan. Jay Gatsby symbolizes both the ambition and corruption of the American Dream in the 1920‘s....   [tags: wealth, tom buchannan, daisy]

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Corruption of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... However, Gatsby’s vigil was over nothing. Daisy was never in her room that night, much like Gatsby’s dream is over a nonexistent person. The Daisy he met and fell in love with years ago is not the same person anymore, and as much as Gatsby thinks that he can repeat the past, in the real world it is proven to be impossible. His faith is misplaced, because the object of his quest is nothing more than Daisy. Then, Fitzgerald uses symbolism to show how the American dream died out. The sense of hopelessness at the end of the novel proves that the purity of the American dream is dead with Gatsby's death and George Wilson's suicide....   [tags: imagery, symbolism, characterization]

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

- The novel, The Great Gatsby, is set in New York during the 1920’s after World War One. The Great Gatsby is not only about the corruption of the American dream- but also the corruption of the entire 1920’s era, hidden behind the tragic love story of Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan. In The Great Gatsby, the author, F. Scott Fitzgerald, denotes Jay Gatsby’s obsession with being old rich, Daisy Buchanan, and the past- which ultimately leads to failure. Jay Gatsby’s obsession with being old rich comes not only from his desire to move from his poor lifestyle, but also from his desire for Daisy’s love....   [tags: jay gatsby, 1920's corruption, love story]

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Corruption of the American Dream

- ... Gatsby’s dream “is a naïve dream based on the fallacious assumption that material possessions are synonymous with happiness, harmony, and beauty” (Fahey 70). Gatsby’s dream is corrupted because of all of the “new money” that is surrounding him. Even though Gatsby pretends like he has everything, in reality he has nothing. Gatsby throws large parties and buys expensive things because he wants to believe that he is able to blend in with the new age of society. Gatsby also has a very romantic view on life, and it really shows when his love Daisy Buchanan is around....   [tags: F.Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

- F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote his stories with a distinctive style. Fitzgerald cared about his character enough to judge their character but not their actions. He obviously cared deeply about them. The care and effort put into the characters is immense. Fitzgerald chose each character meticulously. He also wrote about certain characters with more careful prose. Fitzgerald’s meticulous writing style and seemingly irrelevant details bring life into his books. His tone however is best expressed by the way he judges his characters character, not their actions....   [tags: aristocratic class, corruption, betrayal]

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The Great Gatsby

- "I glanced seaward – and distinguished nothing except a single green light" Possibly F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece, The Great Gatsby is not just a magnificent story, but a lesson of society's flaws during the roaring 1920's. Fitzgerald's story creates an atmosphere of superficiality, dissatisfaction and dishonesty by the description of each character. With the economical growth, and the immoral society of the 1920’s ultimately brought corruption to desire of the American Dream and the chance of achieving prosperity and wealth....   [tags: corruption, American Dream, Scott Fitzgerald]

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The Corruption Of The American Dream

- ... While touring the house, Nick wanders into the library and runs into Owl Eyes, who remarks that none of the books were cut. The books back then had the pages stuck together at the top and when someone read the books, they had to cut each page. All this shows that Gatsby is trying to use his money to buy his happiness and the love of many others although he only has one person truly in mind. He is truly living what would be today 's version of the Dream life. The lavish items that he buys are not for his happiness though, he is trying to attract Daisy....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

- Throughout the novel The Great Gatsby there are many things that represent various ideas, moods, and symbols. Many of these symbols and representations are things that are simple such as a color or a road-sign. An example is the color yellow, throughout the story this represents death and/or corruption. This symbol is portrayed through several events in the novel. Another example of symbolism in the novel is the Green Light, which represents Gatsby’s dream, as well as the American Dream. This is also shown throughout the story through events and things....   [tags: symbols, wealth, corruption, death]

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The Great Gatsby And The Death Of A Salesman

- American Success The toxicity of success is portrayed through famous literary works such as The Great Gatsby and The Death of a Salesman, while dealing with an overarching theme of American success. F. Scott Fitzgerald beautifully portrays a wealthy upper class society in The Great Gatsby, which has extreme corruption, hidden by it’s allure, while much of this upper class is pompous and selfish, as well as being so heavily judgemental that is it difficult to be accepted by these people. Arthur Miller’s The Death of a Salesman uses the narcissistic Willy Loman to shine light on the capitalist, middle class America, who’s life revolves around superficial success, which represents the overall...   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The American Dream in The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald

- The American Dream is a way of life and ideal that all people have strived for in their lives. Its meaning and hope is in finding well-found success, wealth and power through independence and self-determination. The purchasing of a home, possessing material items, and living a life of leisure has all evolved into the realities of the American dream. In the Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald’s portrayal of the American dream is shown as a system that is corrupted by the pursuit of wealth, greed and ego, which undermines the good and empowering faith and morals of people and society....   [tags: wealth, corruption]

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The Great Gatsby And The American Dream

- The American Dream’s most basic definition is that anyone from any beginning could achieve wealth and status. Gangsters rose to power, taking advantage of Prohibition and turning to bootlegging turning a pretty profit. Immigrants from all over Europe used this as motivation to find a better life in America. This idea of “rags to riches” is portrayed in The Great Gatsby and is the primary ideology of The Roaring 20s. Booze, money, and corruption. The embodiment of The Roaring 20s. 1920, Congress shocks the world passing the Volstead Act, banning alcohol causing the start of the infamous Prohibition....   [tags: The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald]

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The Ambiguous Gatsby in F. Scott Fitzgerald´s The Great Gatsby

- ... Compassion of that magnitude compelled Nick, Daisy, and many others to really care about him. On the other end of the spectrum, he was a very savvy businessman. He singlehandedly built quite a fortune, earned an impressive reputation, and joined up with some intriguing business partners. Not long after Nick first met Gatsby they went out to lunch together and met an interesting Jewish man named Meyer Wolfsheim. Nick immediately approached the man, who assumed that Nick was a friend of Gatsby’s looking for a “business gonnegtion” (70)....   [tags: weath, corruption, moral, imperfect]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... In the novel, Daisy exists on two levels. She represents Gatsby’s ideal romantic dream; however, in reality, Daisy is heartless, cold, and not worthy of Gatsby’s vision (Pidgeon 3). Daisy and Tom proved to be the prime obstacle to Gatsby achieving his American Dream. As much as The Great Gatsby is a novel of promoting the pursuit of happiness, the end result for its characters demonstrates the elusiveness of the American Dream. First, the readers discover what happens when the original dream is based on unrealistic visions....   [tags: The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By William Shakespeare

- The quote, “Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction.” by Enrich Fromm truly describes the effect greed can cause others. In the novel The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald and the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare various themes are shown throughout. One of the most important themes is greed for wealth and power. These works focus on the impact greed for wealth and power causes on the main character and how it affects their relationships with others....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Macbeth]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- In The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald explores the idea of the American Dream as well as the portrayal of social classes. Fitzgerald carefully sets up his novel into distinct social groups but, in the end, each group has its own problems to contend with, leaving a powerful reminder of what a precarious place the world really is. By creating two distinct social classes ‘old money’ and ‘new money’, Fitzgerald sends strong messages about the elitism underlying and moral corruption society. The idea of the American dream is the ideal that opportunity is available to any American, allowing their highest aspirations and goals to be achieved....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, may at first glance resemble a story of unrequited love. However, closer examination reveals the work to be much more than that. The Great Gatsby is a story about The American Dream and the moral corruption that sometimes occurred in the pursuit of that dream. The American Dream has been described as being the pursuit of happiness while maintaining strong moral values. However,as Fitzgerald vividly portrays, The American Dream seems to have become the pursuit of wealth accompanied by extreme moral decay....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... His depiction on the Jazz Age 1920’s is symbolises an era in American History, that Fitzgerald describes as the decline of social and moral values and the corruption of the American dream. The Great Gatsby is written as a social commentary it addresses themes such as justice, power, greed, betrayal, the American dream of disparity between social classes and American societies greed and decay of the “American dream”. Nick Carraway is our first-person narrator, but he 's not the centre of the story—and that makes him a peripheral narrator, someone who 's always on the outside looking in....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Contrast and Conformity in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

- ... “The fact that he had [a mistress] was insisted upon wherever he was known” (Fitzgerald 24). Everybody in Tom and Daisy’s social group seems to know of Tom’s infidelity, except for Daisy herself. Yet, Daisy’s ignorance does not stop Tom from parading his unfaithfulness to Daisy’s own cousin Nick Carraway. Tom is so egotistic, he has no shame in expressing his lustful relationships. Gatsby’s immorality is criminal rather than familial. Gatsby is revealed to be a bootlegger; the profession allows him to pay for the extravagant parties he throws in hopes in luring Daisy to his mansion....   [tags: morality, corruption, bigot]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- We all have dreams that we fantasize so much that they may be in contrast to reality. We have all experienced the utter disappointment of having the harsh reality of the world make itself known to us. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald presents us Nick Caraway, a meek Midwesterner both intrigued and repulsed by the roaring extravagance of the East in the 1920s. Nick’s enthusiasm and confidence to establish a successful life in New York is betrayed when he experiences the underlying emptiness and corruption to the morality of the upper class forcing him to reconsider his adaptability to this modern lifestyle....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... Tom talks about Wilson’s garage to Dr. Eckleburge he says, “It’s a Terrible Place isn’t it” (pg.26). Myrtle has dreams of becoming part of the upper class so she runs off with Tom. Tom being a very angry man gets drunk and breaks Myrtles nose. Fitzgerald also showed corruption of the American Dream through Gatsby. Gatsby a man who was once poor starts making millions by being a bootlegger in the hopes of getting Daisy back with his wealth. Myrtle who hates Daisy has an afire with Tom. Gatsby sees how Tom treats her and it drives him insane....   [tags: The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... Bootleggers came out of the wood works everywhere. To bootleg is to “make, distribute, or sell illegally” (Oxford Dictionary), meaning that a bootlegger is a person who will make, distribute, or sell something illegally. In the 1920’s the bootlegging of alcohol became nothing but a norm for those who became quite good at it. In The Great Gatsby, Gatsby and Wolfsheim perfectly represented the rise of crime and bootlegging at the time. Gatsby was even quoted saying, “He’s the man who fixed the World’s Series back in 1919” (Fitzgerald, 1925, p.73)....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- During the earlier times, the “American Dream” was simply an idea and encouragement to many people, young and old. Americans wanted nothing but to live the American Dream. Nonetheless soon those exact dreams were distorted with greed and corruption. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, the American Dream is depicted as corrupted as it was once was a candid and principle way to live. The concept that the American Dream was one way or another about the affluence and possessions one had set in was in the mentality of Americans during the early 1920’s....   [tags: The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- Quentin Hardy of the Huffington Post comments that “Much of American Literature is a consideration of our ability to head to the frontier, reinvent ourselves, make a shining city on a hill, be the last best hope for mankind, free ourselves of the shackles of the past, the tragic fate of birth in a particular place” (Hardy). The 1920’s was a time in which the everyday person could transform himself into anything he desired. Filled with promise, this period gave birth to what is known as “modernistic literature” where authors would unveil the true fragmentation of the modern world through inner revelation....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby]

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F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby

- ... . the reluctance to go home was not confined to wayward men . . . [the women] were lifted, kicking into the night” (Fitzgerald 51-52). Women attending Gatsby’s parties engage in the fun to such a degree that they resort to naive behaviors. Again, Gatsby’s celebrations confirm how his presence causes people to resort to guileless conduct. Convinced that all seems well, Gatsby continues to swoon Daisy until his childish lifestyle proves no longer appropriate, just as all children become adults....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby

- Jay Gatsby: An Archetypal Analysis of the Contemporary Tragic Hero F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is a jazz age novel demonstrating the corruption of humanity at the hands of material greed. Fitzgerald’s American classic is set on the opulent shores of Long Island Sound, where materialistic mansions pump out tainted souls like the not-so-distant factories spewing pollution into the city’s rivers. Whether new money or old money, Fitzgerald demonstrates that one is never free from the corruption that it brings....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The American Dream in the Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, An Outline

- ... She has no compassion nor does she care about people’s lives; core issue that leads Gatsby into corruption - Through her conveying appearance, Daisy is able to manipulate Gatsby motives and emotions, while still remaining unconcerned - Her only concern or compassion is based on wealth and power, Daisy just strings Gatsby along, but has no real intent of ever leaving her husband, Tom - The Buchanan’s marriage is full of lies, deceitfulness and unfaithfulness, yet they remain closely linked through their use of money and attention; are unified because of corruption (QUOTE 188) - Other characters within this novel contribute to the detrimental effects of wealth, appearance and materialis...   [tags: corruption, materialistic items]

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The American Dream Is Hard to Achieve in the Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... Even before her relationships with Tom, or Gatsby are seen, Daisy does nothing but sit around all day and wonder what to do with herself and her friend Jordan. She knows that Tom is having an affair, yet she doesn't leave him even when she hears about Gatsby loving her. Daisy lets Gatsby know that she too is in love with him but can’t bring herself to tell Tom goodbye except when Gatsby forces her too. Even then, once Tom begs her to stay, even then Daisy forever leaves Gatsby for her old life of comfort....   [tags: corruption, upper class, money]

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- The American dream is a farce. Hopeful American children and quixotic foreigners believe that freedom will lead to prosperity, and that prosperity will bring happiness. This anticipation of joy will never come to fruition, and all these unfortunate people will feel that they were cheated out of happiness by some unlucky roll of dice, but really they have been chasing cars, because the American dream is not something one can truly capture, but only smoke trapped in the palm of a hand. In The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby’s lavish parties, characterized by music, dancing, and illegal alcohol, are a representation of the corruption of society’s values, and are filled with guests only concerned with...   [tags: The Great Gatsby]

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A Critical Review of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

- A Critical Review of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a universal and timeless literary masterpiece. Fitzgerald writes the novel during his time, about his time, and showing the bitter deterioration of his time. A combination of the 1920s high society lifestyle and the desperate attempts to reach its illusionary goals through wealth and power creates the essence behind The Great Gatsby. Nick Carraway, the narrator, moves to a quaint neighborhood outside of New York City called West Egg; his distant cousin and his former colleague, Daisy and Tom, live in a physically identical district across the bay called East Egg....   [tags: The Great Gatsby]

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F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

- The 1920s was a time of excess and growth. Economically, it was a time for great financial gain. Largely because of improvements in technology, productivity increased while overall production costs decreased, and the economy grew. Not only was this time filled with prosperity, but corruption as well. People who had previously worked day and night finally acquired leisure time. Some of the most wealthy people made the choice to fill this free time with gluttony and lust. Many authors during this time believed that the excessive spending and consumption would surely lead to ruin....   [tags: Fitzgerald Great Gatsby]

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F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

- F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby Throughout time and space the world has seen many writers that have altered life as we know it. The world continues to change as an ever shifting ball of culture and intellect. Man's history has given us writers like Shakespeare, who is still misunderstood to this day, and Homer, a man that has many Americans thinking of a cartoon character with the a lack of intelligence. Francis Scott Fitzgerald is far from one of these gentlemen, or ladies, that have changed the way we think....   [tags: Great Gatsby Fitzgerald]

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People of The Great Gatsby and People of Today

- People of The Great Gatsby and People of Today The young adults in F.Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby are similar to the adults of today. They show resemblance by portraying racism, irresponsibility, and corruption. Like the young adults of today many display integrity and are innocent. The people of the two generations exploit violence and have gangs and gang leaders. The generation of the 20's and the generation of the 00's exhibit irresponsibility and corruption through many characters such as Myrtle, Meyer Wolfshiem and Tom....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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- The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald Thesis: The pursuit of the American Dream is a dominant theme throughout The Great Gatsby, which is carried out in various ways by F. Scott Fitzgerald, how the author represents this theme through his characters and their actions is one small aspect of it.       Fitzgerald's dominant theme in The Great Gatsby focuses on the corruption of the American Dream. By analyzing high society during the 1920s through the eyes of narrator Nick Carraway, the author reveals that the American Dream has transformed from a pure ideal of security into a convoluted scheme of materialistic power....   [tags: Great Gatsby Fitzgerald American Dream Essays]

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Depiction Of The American Dream in The Great Gatsby

- As children, we have all dreamt of money, being rich; owning an extravagant mansion, magnificent cars, and being married to a prince or princess. Basically, we dream of the perfect life, with the perfect spouse. Generally, this dream is known as the American Dream, which is the belief that if one works hard, that person will succeed by becoming rich. The topic of the American Dream can be found throughout The Great Gatsby, the most prime example of this is the dream of Jay Gatsby. Gatsby’s dream is to work hard to get rich in order to win the love of Daisy Buchanan, his long lost love....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- Many individuals believe that history repeats itself and is on a never ending loop doomed to be repeated once again. However, the past cannot be recreated. The past is the past and while some characters in the novel The Great Gatsby realize this others simply do not. Gatsby has spent the better part of five years trying to recreate the time when him and Daisy were together. Furthermore, Gatsby fails to realize that things have changed and are no long the same as five years ago. The uncertainties of times before are not grounds to repair a current situation in an individual’s life....   [tags: The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby

- There is vast and deep connection between the author’s life and the novel. The author portrayed his real life-based situation in the novel through which he went. The author explained how seventeen-year-old young lady became the reason of his downfall. He fell and wanted to marry the girl named Zelda Sayre who had deep desire for Fitzgerald’s wealth, fame, money and material luxury. Both Gatsby and Fitzgerald idolize wealth and luxury and at last fell in love with a beautiful woman when they stopped at a military camp in the South....   [tags: The Great Gatsby Essays]

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- Money— sweeter than honey but oh so destructive. It facilitates a man’s life, while a lack of it imprisons him in the streets of penury. It raises his social status, while an absence of it leaves him unnoticed. It gives him an aura of superiority and importance among others, while a deficiency of it makes him worthless in society’s eyes. Considering these two roads, most do not take more than a second to decide to chase riches. Blinded by the self-destructive American dream of “Marie-Antoinette music-rooms and Restoration salons” and “toilet sets of pure dull gold” most murder their morals and harm others in the process (Fitzgerald 5.91)....   [tags: the great gatsby, fitzgerald]

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- The Great Gatsby and the Destruction of a Generation      The beauty and splendor of Gatsby's parties masks the decay and corruption that lay at the heart of the Roaring Twenties. The society of the Jazz Age, as observed by Fitzgerald, is morally bankrupt, and thus continually plagued by a crisis of character. Jay Gatsby, though he struggles to be a part of this world, remains unalterably an outsider. His life is a grand irony, in that it is a caricature of Twenties-style ostentation: his closet overflows with custom-made shirts; his lawn teems with "the right people," all engaged in the serious work of absolute triviality; his mannerisms (his false British accent, his old-boy friendlines...   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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- Exploding the American Myth in The Great Gatsby       The American Constitution declares the freedom and equality among all people. On this declaration was built the collective dreams of a nation as well as millions of personal dreams. F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby, exposes the American Constitution for the myth that it always was by revealing the existing class distinctions. The Great Gatsby provides the petty details of the aimlessness and shallowness of the idyll rich, the extravagance of their parties, and the illegal sources of the funds that fueled such mindless activities....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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- Lies are a treacherous thing, yet everyone tells a few lies during their lifetime. Deceit surrounds us all the time; even when one reads classic literature. For example, F. Scott Fitzgerald makes dishonesty a major theme in his novel The Great Gatsby. The falsehoods told by the characters in this novel leads to inevitable tragedy when the truth is revealed. Jay Gatsby, one of the main characters in the novel, fails to realize that when one tells a lie, it comes back to bite you. For example, he initially tells his neighbor, and potential friend Nick, that he had inherited his redundant sums of money from his family....   [tags: The Great Gatsby Essays]

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- Characters as Symbols in The Great Gatsby     People hold different things to be symbolic. Dove and peace, a rose and love; they are simple things yet widely symbolic. Symbolism is commonly used in literature to change or deepen meanings or instill a different meaning to the mind of the readers. The reader is forced to think, make connections, and succeed in adding a new meaning to the novel. In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald uses symbolism in the form of his characters and to develop the theme, the corruption of the American Dream....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- The Great Gatsby 4+1 Q10: Gatsby’s Funeral Jay Gatsby’s funeral is a small service, not because that 's what was intended, but because no one bothered to show up. Nick wanted to give Gatsby the popularity he desired, even in death, but only three people were present in the end. Gatsby’s father, Henry C. Gatz, shows up unexpectedly from Minnesota because he heard about the news in the papers. He believes that the man who shot his son must 've been mad, that no one in their right mind could commit such a horrible act....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jay Gatsby, Arnold Rothstein]

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- “The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby The American Dream, a long standing ideal embodies the hope that one can achieve financial success, political power, and everlasting love through dedication and hard work. During the Roaring 20s, people in America put up facades to mask who they truly were. In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald conveys that the American Dream is simply an illusion, that is idealist and unreal....   [tags: The Great Gatsby]

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Hope and the American Dream Portrayed in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

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- There are times when reality falls short of expectations, and when individuals fail to live up to their ideals. This struggle can come in the form of one specific event, or an overall life philosophy. The quest to attain what we really want can be an all encompassing one, requiring all of our devotion and effort. It is especially painful to see others possess what we cannot have. For the characters in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby these problems are all too real. Gatsby works for a lifetime to gain back what he feels is rightfully his, while all the while facing the crushing realization that he may be too late....   [tags: The Great Gatsby]

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Misery and the American Dream in The Great Gatsby

- "No— Gatsby turned out all right in the end. It is what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that temporarily closed out my interest in the abortive sorrows and short-winded elations of men." When F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote these words in The Great Gatsby in 1925, he perfectly described the human struggle of the time. This was, by no means, accidental--for Fitzgerald wrote meticulously and very rarely did he leave a line unrevised. No— Fitzgerald knew what he was doing; he was, in two sentences, criticizing American society like no one else had....   [tags: The Great Gatsby Essays]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... The novel takes a different view of this idea by making it seem irrational. An example representing this is Gatsby’s death because all Gatsby had done the criminal activities, the drama, the shutting down of his parties etc, it was all for Daisy and it ended up being to good to be true, resulting to Gatsby’s demise. The novel compared to todays day& age has a strong relevance in terms of society. The novel set during the 1920s still has relevance to today due to the fact that people wanted to strive for riches and end up being successful in America....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... In order for Gatsby to even be considered an option for Daisy he has to be on the same level, wealth wise, as her. Gatsby used corrupt measures to achieve The American Dream because building up from nothing to something, simply by working hard, would take too much time. “I found out what your ‘drug-stores’ were…He and this Wolfsheim brought up a lot of side-street drug-stores here and in Chicago and sold grain alcohol over the counter” (Fitzgerald 133). “The Great Gatsby” is set during the time of prohibition and selling alcohol was illegal, but so many people wanted it that it was an easy way to make money fast....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... Nick is invited to one of Gatsby’s huge and famous parties where there friendship begins and leads to Gatsby and Daisy’s affair. Daisy and Gatsby had been lovers before. This affair would lead to Gatsby’s sad demise. I believe “The Great Gatsby” is a part of the Film Noir Genre because it has the following characteristics of Film Noir: The story formula has flashbacks, at one point you are living in the past with Nick as he narrates the story and then you see Nick in the mental institution which we realize is the present....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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Presentation Of ' The Great Gatsby ' And ' Othello '

- ... Scott Fitzgerald: Jay Gatsby is the main character of the novel, he is an optimistic man. He is rather literally and fatally idealistic . Daisy Buchanan is the women who he loved deeply, but she is married to Tom Buchanan. Gatsby grew up in an underprivileged childhood in rural North Dakota, he reached for his dreams to become fabulously wealthy. Interviewer: uh, I see. I was wondering if you could shed some light on this questions, although Gatsby sounds like an unstoppable man, whatever happened between him and Daisy in the end....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Othello]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- The American dream was an idea that with hard work Americans could live with equal opportunities and prosperity. In the 1920s, many Americans worked to achieve the perfect American Dream. In F. Scott Fitzgerald 's 1925 novel, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby, the protagonist, searches for the American dream in his own life. However, like the many people who fail to achieve the idea of the American dream, Gatsby is one of them. Growing up in a poor family, Gatsby finds that he doesn 't have as many opportunities as those around him....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- The idea of the “American Dream,” has been widely addressed by the famous writer, F. Scott Fitzgerald, in his several novels, especially in The Great Gatsby. Published in 1925, The Great Gatsby reveals a particular example of those who are devotees of pursuing the American Dream but eventually end up by sacrificing themselves. The concept of the American Dream can be totally different for people, all of whom have their own understanding of these words. In brief, the major essence of American culture has always emphasized on the value of the individual, the pursuit of freedom, the improvement of competition, and the promotion of realism....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a modernist novel based in the Prohibition Era of the United States during the “Roaring Twenties” on Long Island, New York. The narrator, Nick Carraway, is a young man who bought a small home in the West Egg district of Long Island, right next to the home of James Gatz, or Jay Gatsby as he is commonly called, who is the true focus of the novel. As the story progresses, the reader learns of Gatsby’s love of a woman named Daisy Buchanan, who is the wife of Tom Buchanan, who has a mistress in New York....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... Green not only characterizes Daisy through money, but also envy became an underlying tone of her life over the course of the book. Perhaps in the darkest part of The Great Gatsby, when Daisy hit Myrtle in Gatsby’s car, envy was a contributing factor to the heinous act. On page 120, it is revealed that Jay Gatsby’s car had green seats. It can be inferred that jealousy was connected to the green seats because it seems that Daisy hit Myrtle on purpose. When Gatsby recalls the horrific incident to Nick on page 143, he says, “Well, first Daisy turned away from the woman toward the other car, and then she lost her nerve and turned back.” Daisy was envious of Myrtle being Tom’s mistress, and t...   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... Morality is another prevalent theme in the story. Unfortunately, much like our world, many characters lack this quality. Probably the biggest offenders of lack of morality in the story are Tom and Daisy. Not only is Tom a cheater, he is a racist and an abuser. Tom’s worst quality is without a doubt his violent tendencies. Myrtle taunts Tom by mentioning Daisy and in result Tom “broke her nose with his open hand” (Fitzgerald 41). This is not the only time Tom has hurt women he “loves”, as earlier in the novel it is alluded to that he hurt Daisy’s finger....   [tags: The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jay Gatsby]

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