Examples Of Infidelity In The Great Gatsby

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Magazines, motion pictures, wars. The mentioned are all contributions to changes to society; particularly changes to morality. World War I caused multiple changes in America. The roaring twenties was focused on enjoying life and living up the years of one’s youth. These changes are demonstrated in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby. Dishonesty and infidelity are great examples of the change in which occurred post-World War I because each person in America was focused on one’s class and living in the moment; Jordan and Tom exemplify these changes extensively. The word “dishonesty” is written all over F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby”, metaphorically speaking. Jordan Baker is a perfect example of this. Jordan lies all the time just to lie. She is very good at lying to get what she wants and is “incurably dishonest” as Nick Carraway describes her, “Jordan Baker instinctively avoided clever, shrewd men… She was incurably dishonest.” (Fitzgerald Ch. 3)Nick Carraway even admits at one point that she is the most dishonest person he has ever met which is why he decided the relationship was no good for him. Jordan’s compulsive lying…show more content…
This is proven in the beginning of the book by Jordan’s words, “Tom’s got some woman in New York” (Fitzgerald 15) and some pages later Tom insisted on Nick meeting Myrtle, “I want you to meet my girl” (Fitzgerald 24) Infidelity can affect both rich and poor, and young and old relationships. Not all marriages are completely safe from infidelity. Many times one may want what they do not or can not have. During the roaring twenties this may have been a colossal issue most likely because of the war. World War I left many women at home without a man in the house for a long while. This situation leads loneliness and women looking for satisfactions of “needs” to affairs and being cheated on. This is only one example of
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