‘F Scott Fitzgerald’s Characters Are Materially Wealthy but Morally Bankrupt.’ the Great Gatsby and the Diamond as Big as the Ritz

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‘The Great Gatsby’ is a novel about a man, who tries to make it rich by following the American Dream to pursue the love of his life. ‘A Diamond as Big as the Ritz’ also has the themes of wealthy and immorality however the story is a fantasy of a hidden location. Nick Carraway and John Unger, who enter a desirable yet poisonous environment. F Scott Fitzgerald writes about how careless the vastly wealthy of America were around the time of the ‘Jazz age’ and how having a large amount of money led to immoral behaviour. The American society of the 1920’s participated in a lifestyle revolution and because of the stock market boom, the vastly rich spent their money on extravagant parties and expensive possessions. In ‘The Great Gatsby’ Fitzgerald…show more content…
When Gatsby is shot, she does not send flowers. Daisy is only worried about protecting and entertaining herself. Tom is cruel and immoral, It's not enough for him to have an affair with Myrtle but he flaunts her "wherever he was known" making sure that everyone sees her with him and is unconcerned with Daisy finding out about it. As well as being immoral by having an affair he also ends up breaking Myrtles nose with his open hand.
The carelessness of the wealthy is represented through F Scott Fitzgerald’s characters as they do immoral things that they think they can get away with because of their high social status. For example; In ‘The Diamond as Big as the Ritz’ the Washington family Imprison or kill visitors who might spill their secrets. This has become a routine tactic for Braddock Washington and his daughter Kismine finds this only mildly upsetting, but her own distorted moral views are revealed when John asks her when her father has their summer visitors murdered: “In August usually—or early in September. It’s only natural for us to get all the pleasure out of them that we can first.” Because of their wealth and isolation from the world they do not get caught until one day when one of the prisoners escapes.
The green light that flashes at the end of Daisy’s garden and

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