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The Great Gatsby Presentation

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Anna Krefta

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Corruption in The Great Gatsby Greed Lust Sloth Wrath Pride Envy Gluttony Daisy- Married Tom for his money, became interested in Gatsby afterwards because he had even more money.

Gatsby- longed for wealth as a young boy, reinforced when he found Daisy married to a rich man Daisy- affair with Gatsby, lust for money
Gatsby- affair with Daisy, yearning for her while she was married, lust for money.
Myrtle- affair with Tom, lust for money/ high position Daisy and Tom- They're "old money", so they've never had to work for anything.
They are also neglecting their duties as
parents. Gatsby- Envious of Tom and his lifestyle

Myrtle- Envious of Daisy Tom- Punching Myrtle, yelling at Gatsby, revealing Gatsby as Myrtle's killer for revenge.

George Wilson- murder of Gatsby Gatsby- takes pride in the wealth he earned
Daisy and Tom- take pride in their "old wealth"
Jordan- is also proud of her status
Nick- is "one of the only honest people he knows". Gatsby- extravagant parties that allow others to overindulge Gatsby- Pride, Lust, Greed, Gluttony
Nick- Pride, Gluttony
Daisy- Pride, Lust, Greed, Gluttony
Tom- Pride, Lust, Greed, Gluttony
Jordan- Pride, Sloth, Gluttony
Myrtle- Lust, Greed
George- Wrath Tom- affair with Myrtle and with other women Myrtle- Her relationship with Tom, a richer man. Scott Fitzgerald was raised Catholic, but adopted critical athiest veiws later in life that became apparent in his novels. He tried to emphasize the injustice in the Church and in life. Buttom, Jody. "RECENT ARTICLES." Gatsby's Epitaph: F. Scott Fitzgerald. Catholic Dossier, 1999. Web. 11 Nov. 2012. <http://catholiceducation.org/articles/arts/al0027.html>.

"Sins in the Great Gatsby." - Research Papers. N.p., Aug. 2010. Web. 11 Nov. 2012. <http://www.studymode.com/essays/Sins-In-The-Great-Gatsby-376895.html>.

"Seven Deadly Sins." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 11 Nov. 2012. Web. 11 Nov. 2012. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_deadly_sins>.

"The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Critical Essays In Praise of Comfort: Displaced Spirituality in The Great Gatsby." The Great Gatsby: Critical Essays: In Praise of Comfort: Displaced Spirituality in The Great Gatsby. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Nov. 2012. <http://www.cliffsnotes.com/study_guide/literature/great-gatsby/critical-essays/praise-of-comfort-displaced-spirituality.html>. Jealousy, desire for another's talents, possesions, rewards, status desire to be more important, disregard of others and their accomplishments, vanity hatred, anger, violence, impatience, revenge Physical or spiritual laziness, "when good men fail to act" Intense desire, sexual or otherwise (wealth, power) over-indulgence or over-consumption to the point of waste, selfishness Sins of excess The prevalent theme of these sins seems to be excess and desire for excess. It seems that during the time period in the area, some forms of excess (greed and gluttony) became socially acceptable norms that was used to disguise other signs of corruption, i.e. lust, wrath, and sloth. "...there was an immediate perceptible vitality about her as if the nerves on her body were continually smouldering. 'I want to see you," said Tom intently. 'Get on the next train.'" Tom to Myrtle "The younger of the two was a stranger to me. She was extended full length at her end of the divan, completely motionless, and with her chin raised a little, as if she were balancing something on it which was quite likely to fall." "Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone, just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had." Ironic (and hypocritical) as Nick seems to be disgusted with the very people he calls his friends later in the book, "It's up to us who are the dominant race to watch out or these other races will have control of things." Desire and pursuit of material possessions On the other hand... While the 7 deadly sins are very visible in the novel and much discussed, I think that Fitzgerald did not intend to lace such intimate details into his story. I believe the main moral point of his story, from an atheist point of view was that God was unable to execute fair judgement (eyes of Eckleberg). As Fitzgerald himself complained of critics later in life, they tended to “read things into it I never knew myself.” I also want to cover how the characters of the Great Gatsby attempt to disguise their immorality with luxury and extravagant parties that were common in the area and age the book takes place. I will be discussing the corruptness of the characters in The Great Gatsby, and finding similarities and connections in their crimes/misbehaviors using a model of the 7 Deadly Sins. *almost everyone in the book shows gluttony through the overindulgance of wealth, parties, food, and wine. Jordan-bad friend
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