The Great Gatsby A Goal Of Cor


Wealth, assets, and attaining a superior net worth are the dreams and fantasies of many Americans. The goal to have a better life is pure in essence, but, for those with weak wills and simple minds, this goal can twist their morals and values from a fair-skinned maiden to a withered screeching harpy. F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is a contemporary novel published in 1925. Fitzgerald shows that material wealth can have a corrupting through his novel. He does this through the characters of Tom Buchanan, Myrtle Wilson, and Jay Gatsby.
Fitzgerald gives a perfect example of a morally deficient person through Tom. Tom's only concern is keeping his highbred social and his flowing ...

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are minorities and most if not all of his business associates are white. Tom has arrogance about him, an air of superiority, that he feels gives him control over those around him. Tom also takes great pride in the fact that Daisy is his wife, not only because she is beautiful, but also because she "is the most expensive item on the market" (Fetterly 104). She ads value to his already substantial estate. When Gatsby tells Tom that Daisy is leaving him he is so self-confident that he refuses to believe or accept that his wife would leave him "for a common swindler who'd have to steal the ring to put on her finger"(Fiztgerald 140). Tom has no real sense of morality or values. His corruption from birth will stay with him until he dies.
Fitzgerald presents the reader with an example of someone who is not wealthy, but is already corrupted by money through Myrtle Wilson. Myrtle is a woman with a which "is corrupt to begin with" since she only seeks to become rich (Gross 23). She ...

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