The Great Corruption of Gatsby
The 1920s was the time of the Jazz Age when money was abundant. Most people were trying to impress others rather than living their own life. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, the theme was “love of money leads to corruption.” Money is not the problem in the story, but the love for it is what causes problems. Gatsby’s grand dream for wealth leads to his downfall. Nick Carraway stated to him, “ You can’t repeat the past”(111). He was throwing extravagant parties hoping to find Daisy and once he did, he was convinced that everything would be the same as Daisy and he were five years ago. Daisy had a choice to pick her past or present, but she chose Tom. After the Holocaust was complete, Nick alleged, “ They were careless people, Tom and daisy- they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up their mess they made”(180-181). Daisy was the actual person that killed Myrtle, Tom’s mistress, but Tom told her husband that it was Gatsby so he would kill him. Tom had lost Myrtle, he could not lose Daisy as well, and therefore he would do anything to keep her. They used their money to run away from their problems. Tom Buchanan is portrayed as a man that has it all, money and women. He used his money and power in a vicious way to get what he wants. He investigated Gatsby when Daisy started to hang around him more and said to him, “ I found out what your drug stores were, he and this Wolfsheim bought up a lot of side-street drug-stores here and in Chicago and sold grain alcohol over the counter”(134). Daisy was the perfect woman for Tom’s social status, he loved her, but he possibly could have wanted to protect their reputation more than anything. While arguing with Gastby in the hotel he defended, “ She’s not leaving me, certainly not for a common swindler who’d have to steal the ring he put on her...
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