The Great Gatsby

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The moral corruption of American Society

The moral corruption of American Society can go both ways. One way with Tom Buchanan and the other way with the roaring 20's itself. With Tom Buchanan, he has all of this money so he immediately thinks he has all this power over Daisy. Tom has this idea that because he's wealthy, he's better than everyone else, especially Gatsby. His place in society is the tyrant that thinks they have all this authority over people. Because of Tom's wealth, he married Daisy. But, Tom isn't faithful to Daisy at all. He ends up having an affair with Myrtle Wilson (a married woman) instead of staying with Daisy. In the end, he tells Daisy that he may have cheated on her, but he'd always come back to her. With the 20's, society was morally corrupted. The roaring 20's was known as the party age and also very scandalous. In the 1920's there was an alcohol prohibition, so people would make their own and sell it. In the book, Gatsby was notorious for having these extravagant parties. At these parties, everyone would attend and get completely drunk as an act of rebellion towards the alcohol prohibition.

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The wealthy vs. the poor

Jay Gatsby ended up from rags to riches just for a girl, but in the end, he ended up without the girl and dead. He became rich in hopes of getting Daisy back. Society is corrupt because the upper-class cannot mingle with the lower-class. In order to be with the upper-class, one has to have money, in which Gatsby didn't have. Once Gatsby had all of this money, he threw extravagant parties in hopes of Daisy noticing.
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Appearance vs. Reality

In the beginning, Daisy Buchanan is assumed as this fragile and delicate girl, but as the book progresses, Daisy's true colors show. Daisy's character starts out as fragile, but quickly learn that she's shallow and nasty. Before she met Tom, she loved Gatsby, but Gatsby went to war. Daisy promised that she'd wait for him, but she ended up not waiting. The problem is, Daisy couldn't love Gatsby because he wasn't part of the upper class. Once Daisy and Gatsby met again, she saw that he had money and instantly, she loved him again. Gatsby had this image in her head that Daisy was still this same fragile girl that he knew five years ago, but he was too caught up in getting her back to noticed that she only loved him for his wealth.
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The false promise of wealth and materialism

Nick Carraway had this idea once he moved East, he'd be able to become an extremely wealthy bondman. He thought because all of his friends moved East and became wealthy, he could do it too. He packed up his things and moved to the East. When he did move, he didn't do too much in the bond business. Instead, he got way too caught up with the drama of Daisy, Tom, and Gatsby. From then on, Nick became obsessed with Gatsby and his character. Nick ends up moving back West after Gatsby's death, not even succeeding in the bond business.
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