The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Picture a baby, with its small body and even smaller fingers and toes, wrapped in a blanket, where it keeps warm against its mothers chest. This baby will grow, and as it grows its unique personality will show more and more. A persons personality is shaped by the environment in which they grow. If a person were to become evil and participate in crimes and other acts it is not because they were born evil, but because they went through hardships that later caused them to become corrupted. Evil is not found within a human being, lurking, and waiting for the opportunity to come out and consume the being. People are not born evil, but may become evil after experiencing hardships throughout their lives, which is what occurs to Gatsby in The…show more content…
This guess is confirmed when Gatsby attempts to repay Nick for inviting Daisy to tea, suggesting that Nick doesn’t make much money, he says; “I carry a little business on the side…It wouldn’t take up much of your time and you might pick up a nice bit of money. It happens to be a rather confidential sort of thing” (Fitzgerald 82). Gatsby commits acts of evil constantly throughout the book, but this evil was not always there. Gatsby was not born evil, but becomes evil later on in his life. Gatsby’s corruption and evil comes from his childhood hardships. “His parents were shiftless and unsuccessful farm people” (Fitzgerald 98). Gatsby lived a poor childhood, dreaming of a life that was opposite of his. Gatsby never accepted his parents or his life, so he went out to change it, and ran away from home at a young age. “His imagination had never really accepted them as his parents at all. The truth was that Jay Gatsby of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself” (Fitzgerald 98). Gatsby’s evil came from his poor childhood surroundings and his desire to be someone he is not. Throughout his life he did many evil things to keep up the image he has of himself of a rich man, with the girl of his dreams. Gatsby was not the only one wishing and trying to be someone he is not. Myrtle Wilson never wanted to be poor, and always aspired to be a rich women. “The only crazy I was was when I married him. I knew right away I made a mistake. He
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