Who Is Fitzgerald Present Greed In The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby reveals the truths of the 1920s about corruption, class, society and wealth. Fitzgerald shows the greed of the characters for money and power, especially the character of Daisy Buchanan, a woman who chose money over her love. The protagonist Jay Gatsby rises from poverty to opulence to win his love Daisy back. Nick Carraway, a man who witnesses the life of the pathetic man, Jay Gatsby. Through the characterization of Nick Carraway, Fitzgerald reveals that wealth can pull one in the trap of corruption, dishonesty and one’s loss of self. Fitzgerald characterizes Nick Carraway as a contradicting person who is both moral and passive. Nick has a vision for the world to be: “I wanted the world to be in uniform and at a sort of moral …show more content…

Nick lives in West Egg which he thinks it as “most superficial tag to express the bizarre and not a little sinister contrast between them” (5). During the 1920s, The town where you lived determines the class you belong to which still remains constant. In the novel, The people living in East Egg are considered more superior than the people living in West Egg. He believes that the class system of the West Egg and East Egg is unconventional while he wants to be rich like Jay Gatsby and sees him as a higher achiever. Nick loses his color of morality in the immorality of the East and West Egg. Nick says about himself: “I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known” (52). Despite, Nick considers himself as “one of the few honest people”, he never consoles Daisy about Tom’s affair and he even parties with Tom and Myrtle. In a wealthy society, People lose their morality for money and power and there is only materialism over relationship. Despite some of Nick's moral ambiguity in the novel, in the end of the novel, he does come to see that Tom and Daisy have made money more significant than their relationships: “ It was all very careless and confused. They were careless people, Tom and Daisy -- they had smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast …show more content…

The founder and CEO of the Facebook studied at Harvard University for two years and gained wealth through his dedication similarly to Nick who studied at Yale and earned money with his ethics. Like criticism Nick faced while supporting Gatsby, Zuckerberg has to face criticisms while developing facebook of the makers of the Harvard Connection, a site for the students: “The creators of Harvard Connection claimed that Zuckerberg stole their idea, and insisted the software developer needed to pay for their business losses.” (Mark) Zuckerberg is a philanthropist who has claimed to be part of “Giving Pledge", promising to donate at least 50 percent of his wealth to charity over the course of his lifetime” He shows kindness despite having class and

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