Corruption In The Great Gatsby Analysis

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To create an eye-catching novel that leaves an everlasting impression on society must contain corruption. Corruption can lead to greed which guides characters down a wicked path causing destruction to the world around them. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, presents corrupted characters with the use of wealth. He presents rich characters whose' backgrounds are diverse in wealth and power. Main characters: Jay Gatsby, Daisy, and Tom Buchanan, are all intertwined together allowing the corruption to bleed out and into their world. Fitzgerald illustrates how wealth changes people’s perception and corrupts morality.
Tom Buchanan and Myrtle Wilson believe with the luxurious cushion of Tom’s money to cover up any misfortunes, they feel invincible. However, Mr. Wilson– Myrtle’s husband– finds out his wife “had some sort of life apart from him in another world,” (Fitzgerald 124). Tom plunges into reality and realizes, “his wife and his mistress until an hour ago secure and inviolate, were slipping precipitately from his control,” (Fitzgerald 125). These quotes prove not everything can be covered up or be fixed by money. Consequently, when Myrtle dies, Tom immediately assumes it was Gatsby who was driving the yellow car, showing the audience “they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together and let other people clean up there mess they had made,” (Fitzgerald 179). This quote demonstrates the corrupted morality caused by wealth. Fitzgerald presents a realistic take on morals allowing corruption to seep through and change our idealistic views on the wealthy. While Tom’s affair was covered up from only his wealth, Daisy Buchanan–Tom's wife– had the best of both worlds by having an affair with a man named Jay Gatsby. Daisy and Jay are able to keep their affair behind closed doors because both sides are able to cover up their tracks with wealth. Daisy was born into a wealthy family, believing she can have anything and everything she wanted, including both Tom and Jay. However, when Jay wants her all to himself she does not understand, “‘Oh you want too much!’ She cried to Gatsby. ‘I love you now- isn't that enough? I
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