How Does Daisy Corrupts In The Great Gatsby

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In The Great Gatsby F.Scott Fitzgerald focuses in the era of the 1920’s sometimes called the roaring twenties because it was a time when America experienced a sustained economic growth. It was also a period of loose moral standards and a new obsession with money as Americans were starting to realize how effortless it was to become rich without any restrictions. This influx of prosperity brought many new opportunities to people, and to many the american dream began to be about materialistic values such as partying, having nice cars, owning colossal houses, spending lots of money and drinking bootleg liquor. In the novel we come to see how wealth not only corrupts characters such as Tom and Gatsby, but also corrupts society by giving them a …show more content…

In the novel Daisy is constantly associated with the color white. In page 8 of The Great Gatsby Nick narrates that Her and jordan Baker “Were both in white, and their dresses were rippling and fluttering as if they had just been blown.” Being linked to the color white makes her seem pure in a world full of evil. But as the story progresses she becomes less angel-like and we find that she is just as corrupted by wealth as Tom is. Daisy is fully aware of Tom's affair yet she doesn't do anything about it. She ought to just Like Nick stated “Rush out of the house, child in arms, but apparently there were no so intentions in her head” (Fitzgerald 23). But she doesn’t because she enjoys the benefits she receives from Toms money and power. Although Daisy seems to love Gatsby we learn that's not the case and she’s instead in love with his money more. This is apparent in her response to gatsby's wealth especially his shirts. When Daisy sees Gatsby's fashionable shirts she starts to cry and says “It makes me sad because I’ve never seen such, such beautiful shirts” (fitzgerald 105). She doesn’t cry because she has rekindled her love with Gatsby, she cries because of the pleasure all his material wealth brings her. Daisy's last actions is what shows us how money has really corrupted her for good. When she kills Myrtle by hitting her with her car she goes on normally as if she is void of a conscience. Then after Gatsby took the blame for her and …show more content…

Some may argue that Gatsby hasn’t been corrupted by wealth at all and that he was only an innocent, hopeful young man chasing after his dreams. But that’s not the truth because Gatsby became corrupt as soon as he began to desire a luxurious life and pursue Daisy with an increasing fervor. “So he invented the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen year old boy would be likely to invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the end” (Fitzgerald 112). Gatsby, while chasing the illusion of a life he had made got involved in shady businesses such as the one he has with wolfsheim whose criminal connections are implied throughout the novel. As his wealth increased Jay began to spend his money carelessly and throw extravagant parties were “men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars” (Fitzgerald 43). This is an observation Nick made about how all these wealth obsessed and superficial individuals who flock to Gatsby's parties only come to enjoy themselves. Jay also appears to be involved with bootlegging and is rumored to have killed a man. All these things show that Gatsby would do anything to acquire money in order to be with Daisy. As his obsession with money grew he abandoned his morals of hard work, studying and even playing sports, all things he liked to do as we learn from Gatsby's father who shows

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