In the novel The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald, the author insinuates Gatsby is a morally ambiguous character. Fitzgerald supports this claim by the description of Gatsby’s decisions, his words, and the way Nick describes Gatsby, resulting in a more complex and deeper story. Through the choices Gatsby has made, the words he used, and how Nick illustrates Gatsby, it is shown that he is an ambiguous character. First, Gatsby’s choices and actions reveal his moral ambiguity. An example would be the decisions he’s made to become wealthy. Tom brings up that, “‘He and this Wolfsheim bought up a lot of side-street drug-stores here and in Chicago and sold grain alcohol over the counter. That’s one of his little stunts. I picked him for a bootlegger the first time I saw him, and I wasn’t far from wrong.’” (pg 133) During an argument between Tom and Gatsby, Tom shares with everyone that Gatsby is a bootlegger, and that is how he gets his …show more content…
An example would be what he says in response to learning about Myrtle’s death. After Myrtle’s death, Gatsby asks, “‘Was she killed?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘I thought so; I told Daisy I thought so. It’s better that the shock should all come at once. She stood it pretty well.’” (pg 143) Gatsby finds out Myrtle has died from Nick and only seems to care how Daisy handled it. Gatsby’s lack of empathy towards Myrtle and concern for Daisy immediately makes him morally ambiguous because he cares for Daisy and helps her, but shows no concern or worry about what happened to Myrtle. This causes us to question what he thinks is right and wrong. An additional example would be his kind words to Nick. When Gatsby first met Nick he said, “‘If you want anything just ask for it, old sport,’ he urged me.” (pg 48) Gatsby is saying to Nick that he can help him with anything and depend on him. Gatsby shows he cares, but lies to everyone throughout the story, which makes him morally
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Commonly, illegally obtaining money is present while in search of fame. In correlation to Gatby’s hidden identity, he disguises illegal actions done to gain his money. In an attempt to amend his relationship with Daisy, Gatsby makes “a social mystery around his identity and involving himself in illegal dealings” (Hacht). To ultimately get his desired wealth, he goes to the extremes which includes criminal activities. Tom finds out about Gatsby’s illegal actions: ‘"I found out what your 'drug-stores' were."
Deciding to be a terrible person is an easy choice for some, and isn’t for others. In the book, “The Great Gatsby” two men with interconnecting lives both go down a rabbit hole of terrible choices, and these men are Tom Buchanan and George Wilson. These two men are different and similar in a multitude of ways, which includes the different lives they lead and the semi-similar experience they had with their wives. I will be focusing on the issues of the choices these men make and the way their lives turn out in the ending of the book, such as the cheating scandal with their wives, and the many unnecessary deaths that occurred in the book. To recap my main goals of this essay, I will be writing about the similarities and differences in the lives
The hippocratic character of Tom is prevalent throughout the book as he becomes enraged with Daisy for having an affair with Gatsby, despite his long lasting affair with Myrtle. In addition, this is seen yet again when Tom grows infuriated with Gatsby after discovering his wealth comes from selling illegal alcohol while throughout the book, Tom frequently enjoys the pleasures of this illegal substance. While it is clear Tom, who is part of the upper class, has skewed morals himself, his true imorality is evident preceding the death of Myrtle Wilson. Following the death of Myrtle and Gatsby, Nick questions whether Tom has been affected by any of this in which Tom responds that he is infact distraught. However, Tom is not particularly upset by the death of Gatsby, rather upset because his “toy” Myrtle is not longer alive leaving him nothing else to play with.
F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, "The Great Gatsby," portrays two significant contradictions that exist within the characters of the story. The first contradiction is the theme of affairs, which permeates the novel, and the second is the idea of being a gentleman, which the characters strive to embody. Symbolism and imagery are crucial in depicting these two contradictions in the novel. The theme of affairs is prevalent throughout the novel, with several characters engaging in extramarital affairs.
After his altercation with Tom, Daisy yells at them and drives them home, killing Myrtle. Gatsby conceals the fact that Myrtle was murdered by her husband because he is still convinced that Daisy loves him. When we are too certain, we become closed off to new information and ideas and may miss out on valuable opportunities for growth and
(Fitzgerald 132) Although they once had a beautiful relationship, Gatsby is trapped in the past and can not move on. He is so controlled by the idea of rekindling what they once had, that he causes a huge fight to break out, which ultimately leads to Myrtle's death and Gatsby's death. His naiveness, dishonesty and rage when he is unable to win
During Tom and Gatsby’s argument, Tom turns to Daisy and says, “He and this Wolfshiem bought up a lot of side-street drug-stores here and in Chicago and sold grain alcohol over the counter” (108). Upon hearing this, Daisy begins to pull away from Gatsby. He tries to deny this accusation from Tom by denying everything to Daisy, but “With every word she was drawing further and further into herself” (109). Gatsby stops trying to defend himself when he sees that Daisy is not accepting any of what he is saying. Gatsby seems furious and dangerous, and Nick remarks, “He looked—and this is said in all contempt for the babbled slander of his garden—as if he had ‘killed a man’”
Jay Gatsby is a character who has new money, and Tom Buchanan falls into the class of having old money. Jay Gatsby uses illegal means such as bootlegging, gambling and securities fraud. Gatsby’s activities get revealed in an argument with Daisy and Tom Buchanan. Tom states, “He [Gatsby] and this Wolfsheim bought up a lot of side-street drugstores here and in Chicago sold grain alcohol over the counter” (Fitzgerald 78). Gatsby tries to use his illegal alcohol production to gain wealth, trying to establish himself as better than Tom Buchanan.
In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, the protagonist, Jay Gatsby, is portrayed as a character who has created a flawless and impressive new persona for himself. The novel explores the ways in which Gatsby reinvents himself in order to win back the love of his life, Daisy Buchanan. The question of whether Gatsby's new persona is truly flawless and impressive is one that is open to interpretation. On one hand, it can be argued that Gatsby's new persona is not flawless. In the novel, Gatsby's past is shrouded in mystery and it is revealed that he has a criminal background.
In Scott Fitzgerald's ”The Great Gatsby” the sense of Nick's disillusionment is a big overarching idea that is displayed in many ways including the selfishness expressed by the characters, the corruption in the city , and the regularized cheating. The characters in the book more than not always express a sense of selfishness and a sort of fakeness and a lack of awareness for others. You’re a rotten driver,” I protested. “Either you ought to be more careful, or you oughtn’t to drive at all.
In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, its protagonist, Nick, possesses a chronic ambivalence towards life. Throughout the novel, he claims to hold himself to a higher moral standard, reserving judgments and being aware of the crude nature of life. Despite this, he does not follow through on his beliefs, continuing to stay in West Egg and surrounding himself with people that immerse themselves in opulent lifestyles. This ambivalence is seen in his attitude toward the East Coast culture, Gatsby, and the Buchanan family. Nick’s chronic ambivalence towards life is first shown in his attitude toward the East.
This was very confusing for Gatsby because he was getting mixed signals which just drove him crazier and more willing to do anything for Daisy. Later in the book, after Daisy hits Myrtle with the yellow car, she runs away. She doesn’t say anything to Gatsby, she doesn’t try to take the blame for him, she just leaves. “I suppose Daisy will call too.” He looked at me anxiously, as if he hoped I’d corroborate this” (Fitzgerald 118).
In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby’s moral ambiguity causes him to be recognized as a character whom is neither purely evil or purely good. Gatsby’s path to wealth and high social status, in pursuit of his love for Daisy, through his diligent work ethic embodies the American Dream and can be seen as just and virtuous. On the contrary, his devious and illegal activity he commits casts an immoral shade upon Gatsby’s character. Gatsby’s lack of moral clarity in his journey for wealth disturbs the purity of the American Dream. This contributes to the idea that the American Dream is deceiving, in that it is not possible to achieve one’s goal without foregoing one’s morals.
Not black, not white, but grey all over. Moral ambiguity is a euphemism used when a character or situation has moral elements, but it is unclear whether they are morally correct. Its usage in literature is both confusing yet intriguing to readers as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, follows the life of the nouveau riche Jay Gatsby through the perspective of narrator Nick Carraway. As the novel explores the shallow materialism of the Roaring Twenties, it focuses on how Gatsby’s pure intentions of pursuing his love interest, Daisy Buchanan, ultimately leads to immoral inclinations by leaving a trail of pain for those around him as well as himself. Gatsby’s moral ambiguity reveals how just like many others in the materialistically-driven