The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Throughout the novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald addresses the morality of the people he saw as representative of his time through the behaviors of the characters in the novel and how these characters react to various situations. The 1920s were an era marked by money, cars, and breaking down social barriers. While certain characters, who are not always led by their moral compasses, are able to question the morality of the actions of other characters, nearly all of the characters in the novel evolved to change the shifting views of the time. Various characters throughout the novel, including Gatsby, Daisy, and Tom, used their money as a shield to protect them from taking responsibility for their actions.
Tom Buchanan, Daisy’s husband, is a deceitful and selfish man who repeatedly failed to see how his actions affect others. Tom is cheating on Daisy with Myrtle, who is married to a man Tom looks down upon because he is a poor owner of a failing business. Tom believes that because he is a wealthy, white male during a time where wealthy males dominated economically, politically, and socially, that he can act without regard for others. Tom sees nothing wrong with repeatedly cheating on his wife with other women besides Myrtle. Tom wants to be with both Daisy and Myrtle because being with Daisy projects him in a better light. Because of Daisy, he is both a husband and a father. While he is a disgusting husband and an absentee father, the other wealthy members of their…
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