Examples Of Greed In The Great Gatsby

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The basic principles of living a happy life consist of morals and virtues. But those alone cannot satisfy a human’s selfish desire of wanting more riches and power. The evilness within Daisy created a cycle of problems that she could not escape. Daisy’s greed and corruption led her to take shortcuts and break the principles of a human by cheating on her husband, neglecting her daughter, and betraying Gatsby. One of Daisy’s biggest sins included misleading her husband by marrying him. Tom Buchanan remained deceived with the impression of Daisy loving him. After she cut her ties with Gatsby, she set off on a new adventure, transforming her normal life into riches. Daisy “wanted her life shaped now, immediately-and the decision must be made by some force- of love, of money, of unquestionable practicality” and soon “that force took the shape of Tom Buchanan”. Tom’s kindness attracted Daisy the first time they met. But as time progressed, she grew infatuated with his money more than his personality. The little glimpse of greed from her youth developed into a powerful force which took control of her emotions. To Daisy, the importance of money overpowered her will to achieve happiness. Daisy’s love rang once for Tom but Jay Gatsby answered her call. She cheated on her husband Tom because she desired Gatsby more. On the day of Myrtle’s death, Daisy confronted both Tom and Gatsby with her true emotions by confessing “even alone I can’t say I never loved Tom… It wouldn’t be true”. She loved Tom but since Daisy’s with Gatsby, she doesn’t love him anymore. Daisy broke the vows she made to Tom when they married each other. Breaking the promise of marriage gave her the thrill she always dreamed of in her youth. Daisy left her daughter in a pit of despair by pressuring her daughter with her pessimistic views on women. Only pretty women could marry a rich man in the 1920’s and Daisy believed those roles led to happiness. Daisy reinforced her misogynistic views to her own daughter, Pammy, by saying “I hope she’ll be a fool- that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool”. Daisy didn’t want her daughter to know about the troubles money included in the fine print. Instead, she wanted Pammy
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