The Great Gatsby

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The central theme is a comparison of the corrupting influence of wealth to the

purity of a dream. Tom and Daisy Buchanan both lead purposeless lives that are filled

with corruption through wealth, while Gatsby lives his life striving towards his dreams.

They all either have no purpose in life to begin with or lose all purpose and values due

the actions of another. All of the wealthy characters, including Gatsby, use people and

things and then discard them as trash..

Tom is probably leads the most purposeless life out of the three with no career.

He spends his day's playing with polo ponies and race cars. He has one affair after

another and treats his mistresses of these affairs as if they were only toys. When he

realizes that Daisy if having an affair with Gatsby he becomes enraged and comes back to

his wife. After Daisy kills Myrtle they fleet together, neither claiming any responsibility

for her death. This all shows that Tom is leading a purposeless life with no long-term

goals or dreams.

Daisy, who is born and marries to wealth, also has no real values or purpose in

life. She spends her life floating from one social scene to the next with, with all things

about her resembling her money. She treats everyone, including her daughter, as toys that

she uses for her entertainment. She goes off and has an affair with Gatsby simply to

relieve her boredom. Even with all the money and possessions Daisy has no thoughts of

what she will do with her purposeless life.

Gatsby is the only one of the three who is not corrupted by his wealth. Although

he has a large mansion, drives flashy cars, and gives extravagant parties, he has amassed

none of it for himself. Everything he has achieved in life he has done to fulfill his dream,

to prove to Daisy that he is worthy of her. When Daisy shatters his dreams by choosing

Tom over him, Gatsby has no need for his possessions. Once he loses...
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