Examples Of The 7 Deadly Sins In The Great Gatsby

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Every day we have a choice, to live a life of virtue or live a life of vices. Without knowing, many of us choose the path of vices in our everyday lives and fall into one of the seven deadly sins. The seven deadly sins cause people to lose touch with what is right and how to live a clean life. When reading The Great Gatsby, many of the characters show multiple sins in their personalities. The Great Gatsby is about a man named Jay Gatsby who has gained a great amount of wealth, all to try and win the heart of Daisy. Daisy had loved Gatsby once before, but after Gatsby returns from war, he finds out that Daisy has gotten married to Tom Buchanan. Tom comes from old money and when Daisy married Tom, she gained the wealth too. Now, Gatsby has gained …show more content…

When thinking about it the sloth is actually a great representation of the sin sloth. The sloth is a very slow and “lazy” creature, and the people who become victim to this sin an also be seen as lazy creatures. Jordan Baker from The Great Gatsby is a prime example of the sin sloth. One scene that we see this in is the scene where she is driving with Nick in the car. She is not trying to avoid the people that are walking and says that they should be the ones to move, and not her. “‘They’ll keep out of my way,’ she insisted ‘it takes two to make an accident.’” (chapter 2 page 64) Jordan clearly does not care about the well being of other people if it is an inconvenience to her. Later on in this scene, she then contradicts herself by saying, “I hate careless people.” (chapter 2 page 64). Being lazy and careless just so that you don’t have to lift a finger is a prime example of sloth. Although she is technically right in the sense it takes two people to make an accident, the actions of one person can still cause the accident despite having two parties involved. Eventually, her careless actions cost her being with Nick. After Nick viewing these actions, he realized that he can’t be with a careless person like Jordan. Her careless actions put the lives of the people around her in danger. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby, the sin that is most damaging to Jordan Baker is …show more content…

It seems that once before, daisy was a genuine person who didn’t care about money, that is until Tom stepped into her life. Before Daisy met Tom, she was in love with Gatsby, but sadly he had to go to war. Daisy was actually in love with Gatsby for who he was. After Gatsby left, that’s when Daisy met Tom and eventually married him. Tom had all the money in the world and that is what pressured her into marrying Tom. The day before they got married, Daisy received a note from Gatsby. Although we do not know what was written in the note, it made her not want to marry Tom anymore. On the same day Tom gifted her pearls that were worth $300,000. The next day after Daisy sobered up, she completely forgot about the note and chose money over true love. “The day before the wedding he gave her a string of pearls valued at three hundred and fifty thousand dollars.” (chapter 4 page 82). It was then that Daisy lost touch with her true self, and her marriage to Tom was her ultimate downfall. It is known by few people, but pearls are considered bad luck to marriage because they represent the tears of the bride. The pearls in the novel are a symbol that their marriage is meant to fail. When Daisy receives the pearls is when the tears begin in their

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