The Theme Of Corruption In The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a novel written in 1925. The novel is about Jay Gatsby, a man who displays the immoral and corrupt society of America, as viewed upon by Nick Carraway, the narrator of the novel, who was at one time Jay Gatsby’s neighbor. Nick tells the story about many of the people living in a non-existent town in East and West Egg of Long Island in the summer of ‘22. Jay Gatsby, the main protagonist of the novel, is a rich man who made a fortune by selling illegal alcohol. With that money, he uses it to in multiple attempts to show Daisy, the love of his love, what he can provide for her. Many nights, he looks out across the bay, staring right at the green light from Daisy 's house. A major theme of the novel is…show more content…
The three main characters Fitzgerald creates whose feelings and personalities are well expressed through the power of money and show the corruption of society are Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan, and Nick Carraway. Jay Gatsby came from a poor family, but then made a fortune when he went into the oil industry and by selling illegal liquor. With the money he made, he owns a fancy mansion in a fancy mansion, fancy cars, and a whole wardrobe of fancy clothes. He throws parties on Saturday nights in his fancy house, mainly to entice Daisy to come to his parties to exemplify who he is and what he has. This brings out the corruption in Gatsby, because he only throws parties and buys fancy clothing to impress Daisy, and, in return, getting Daisy. Daisy, the love of Gatsby, is a woman who lives in East Egg and grew up from a rich family. Daisy is the most corrupt of three characters. This is best exemplified when she makes a promise to wait for Gatsby to come home from war and marry him. While at war, Daisy marries Tom Buchanan, a wealthy man, because money is the only thing that Daisy cares about. This brings out the uncaring part of…show more content…
Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, represents a major theme of the novel, the corruption of the wealthy people in society and how money expresses a person’s feelings and actions. Starting off with Daisy, a woman who shows her corruption in society when she marries Tom Buchanan, a wealthy man, even though she promised to marry gatsby after he came home from war. She is very careless about the ways in which she spends her money and how she acts around people. She doesn’t care that people see that she owns very fancy dresses, fancy cars, and lives in a giant house in East Egg. Gatsby, the main character, is in love with Daisy throughout the novel. With his oil industry and illegal alcohol selling money, he buys a mansion located directly across the bay from Daisy’s house. He throws parties on Saturday nights to try to have Daisy come over, the only person he actually cares about. He shows Daisy his wardrobe of fancy clothing, and his fancy cars, in order to impress her. And finally, Nick Carraway as a character. He neglects to his good friend Tom, his cousin Daisy, and even his lover, Jordan Baker. But Nick tries to fit in with these rich, sophisticated people, even though he is very critical towards
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