The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Money Is Always The Problem
 As Karl Marx once said, “religion is the opiate of the masses”. Marx viewed religion as a drug which gives people the comfort and happiness they need. Just like money, he believed that religion is a destructive force which puts people under a spell to maintain control over them. During the Jazz Age, America had an economic growth which swept americans to become part of a “consumer society”. Throughout this period of time, F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote many modernist novels, including The Great Gatsby, in which he critiques the downfall of the 1920’s society through religion and consumerism.

 Fitzgerald adresses the idea of spirituality and religion in a very subtle way: the characters’s actions and qualities convey the lack of morals and their unbalanced values. Society’s middle and upper-class lives in excess, pleasure, and madness. They become out of touch with reality and their morals,leading them to cheating, breaking laws,and even killing. In fact, every single one of the seven deadly sins are represented through the characters in the novel: Gatsby’s guests excess partying illustrates gluttony, Tom and Gatsby’s constant yearning for more portrays greed and envy, Myrtle and Tom’s cheating embodies lust, Tom’s superior attitude depicts pride, Myrtle’s blindness to her own statuts symbolises sloth, and lastly, Wilson’s revenge on Gatsby represents wrath. Wealth is the root of immoral behavior: Nick Carraway highlights this argument at the end
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