The Theme Of Corruption In The Great Gatsby

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The life of F. Scott Fitzgerald was one of both bliss and misfortune, conveying the American Dream. Born on September 24, 1896, Fitzgerald was known as nothing more than a young boy, part of a Catholic upper middle class family. Throughout his life, Fitzgerald experienced much tragedy. Fitzgerald became an alcoholic due to the fame and fortune he received, and his wife, Zelda, who suffered many physical and mental breakdowns. Fitzgerald craved the money and all the power he attained over took him. He suffered a heart attack and died at age 44. In the tragic and intuitive novel, The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald illustrates the theme of corruption within the American Dream through the attraction and desire for wealth. Fitzgerald establishes…show more content…
Scott Fitzgerald introduces Daisy’s unhappiness when she marries her husband for money instead of marrying for true love. Daisy, growing up as a “southern belle,” was taught to marry what would help her social status. She never knew the meaning of true love until she met Jay Gatsby. While married to Tom, Daisy put the idea in her head that she had everything she had ever wanted. She has a beautiful home, a grand amount of money, and a husband. However, her relationship is anything but perfect, especially because “Tom’s got some woman in New York” (15). Daisy is completely aware of her husband’s affair, yet cannot do anything about it because if she were to divorce Tom, she would not have anything left and would lose her money. Daisy comes to the realization she married for money and not for love when reunited with Gatsby. While inside Gatsby’s house, Daisy begins to weep because “(Daisy has) never seen such—such beautiful shirts before” (92). If she had married Jay Gatsby her life would have been filled with both money and love. The money would not matter to her because she would be with the love of her life. Daisy was on a path to discover the perfect man and the American dream, however, corrupted herself and her ideals along the
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