Examples Of Corruption In The Great Gatsby

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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is told through the eyes of a writer named Nick Carraway, who leaves the Midwest and goes to New York City in the spring of 1922 to chase the American Dream. He ends up living next door to a mysterious, party-loving millionaire named Jay Gatsby. Nick and Gatsby live across a lake from Nick’s cousin, Daisy, and her husband Tom Buchanan. Through his portrayal of Gatsby, Daisy and Tom, Fitzgerald reveals that the upper-class society is corrupt from money.
The upper class society hosts extravagant parties. One character in particular who loves to throw parties is Jay Gatsby. Typically, Gatsby does not send out formal invitations. Instead, everyone in the city shows up. Gypsies, gangsters, and people dressed in flashy outfits attend his parties. The reader learns from Nick that Gatsby’s parties have food coming from all over New York. There is an orchestra with oboes, trombones, saxophones, violas, cornetts, piccolos, and low and high drums (Fitzgerald 39-42). The amount of food and music illustrates that Gatsby is extraordinarily rich. He uses his parties to try to impress his friends, acquaintances, and especially Daisy, his past and current lover.
The upper class also uses servants to do menial work. Gatsby’s parties require strenuous work of numerous servants. Before the party, there are servants cleaning, scrubbing, gardening, and mopping the mansion. Gatsby makes his servants work long, hard hours just for a party. Gatsby has many

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