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Great Gatsby

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Transcript of Great Gatsby

Morally Despicable
Christina Nelson 5. Nick Carraway Nick's intentions were the best of all the characters in the book. He didn't do anything for his cousin when he found out her husband was cheating on her (24), but that is nothing in comparison to what the other characters in the book did. He was a good friend to Gatsby and was virtually harmless, placing him at number five. 4. Jordan Baker Jordan Baker made fourth on the list because she was not as innocent as Nick, but the people who ranked higher than she did were much worse people. Overall, Jordan is one of the better characters, but that does not make her perfect. Jordan enjoyed starting and spreading rumors. She told Nick stories about Gatsby's past at one of his parties (49), though she did not indeed know the full story. Jordan not only spread gossip about Gatsby, but about Daisy and Tom as well, telling Nick that Tom had a "woman in New York" (15). She also proved herself to be a liar and a cheater (57). She was a respected golfer, but she cheated in one of her biggest tournaments. Jordan also left Nick at the end of the book, claiming that she was engaged to another man (177). She and Nick had a romantic relationship, and Nick clearly still had some feelings for her. He was left "angry and half in love with her" (177), and for her to leave him feeling like that without much comfort is quite vile. 3. Meyer Wolfsheim Meyer Wolfsheim was a worse character in terms of morality than Nick and Jordan, but does not compare to the characters ranked one and two on the list, placing him at number three. Wolfsheim comes off as a very shady character from the get go. When he attends lunch with Gatsby and Nick, he asks Nick about a "business gonnegtion" (71), but then takes it back when he realizes Nick is not actually interested. This leads people to believe he's doing some secret, possibly illegal jobs. Wolfsheim also rigged the World Series. Gatsby called him a "gambler" and says he's too smart to get caught (73). This allows people to make assumptions about his intentions, and teasing the million of fans interested in the game isn't something someone with morals would do. Wolfsheim also missed Gatsby's funeral. Though he was Gatsby's closest friend, he said he "didn't want to get mixed up in [the funeral]" (171). However, if he were truly Gatsby's friend, he would've attended to honor him. He was selfish in not wanting to go to the funeral for his own reasons, and someone who had their morals in place wouldn't have missed his closest friend's funeral. 2. Tom Buchanan Tom Buchannan was one of the most morally despicable characters in the entire novel. There was a wide margin between the characters ranked five, four, and three and the characters ranked two and one. The characters at the top spots were very close in terms of morally despicable, and Tom was placed at number two. Tom was a very aggressive and disrespectful person, being referred to as "a brute of a man" (12). Because Myrtle was saying something Tom didn't approve of, he "broke her nose with his open hand" (37). He also cheats on his wife with another woman from New York (15) and missed his daughter's birth (17). A man with any respect for woman would never cheat on or abuse them, and a man with his head straight wouldn't intentionally miss his daughter's birth. Tom also demoralizes Gatsby (127), along with anything he believes to be better than him. He acts superior to anything that may be ranked higher than him, for example, when he realizes Daisy might leave him for Gatsby, he tries to make himself seem more desirable by putting Gatsby down. Also, when they attend the party with the celebrities, Tom acts unimpressed (104). If he were a man with respect, he would praise the things he liked about other people, not undermine them. 1. Daisy Buchanan Tom was also very hypocritical in terms of Daisy and Gatsby's romantic relationship. He did not approve of Daisy having a relationship with another man while in wedlock, but yet, he was doing the same thing. He was just as much to blame as she was, but he did not see himself in the wrong. Tom Buchanan was a very morally despicable character because of his actions towards other people throughout the entire novel. He partook in many actions that proved himself as worthy as the number two rank, but the character that claimed number one was much worse. Daisy Buchanan was the most morally despicable character in the novel. The number one ranking could have gone to either Tom or Daisy, but Daisy was chosen as the most morally despicable because she had done everything Tom had done, just in different ways. She also tried to act very sweet and innocent, though she wasn't as harmless as she portrayed herself to be. Tom was more upfront with people, and Daisy was more two-faced. Because Daisy gave off a false sense of guiltlessness, she reached number one on the list. Daisy knows, or at least has suspicions about her husband cheating on her (15), and yet she does nothing about it. This reveals that she has very little self-respect if she's going to stay with a man who treats her so badly. Daisy also doesn't parent her small daughter, rather lets the nanny do it for her (117). Any mother would love their child unconditionally and want to be with them every second of the day and would not allow them to be raised by another woman. Daisy also cheats on Tom the same way Tom cheated on her (96). She didn't have the audacity to tell her husband she no longer wanted to be with him, rather disrespected him and went behind his back. When Daisy and Gatsby are driving home from their day in the city, Daisy accidentally hit Myrtle (141). She didn't stop for her to see if she was okay, rather kept going. Not only that, but Daisy allowed Gatsby to take the blame for the crash when he was not at fault (143). If Daisy loved Gatsby like she claimed to, them she wouldn't have allowed Gatsby to take the blame for a crime he hadn't committed. It is revealed that before Daisy married Tom, she was in a romantic relationship with Gatsby. However, when Gatsby went to the war, he returned to find Daisy married to another man (151). Gatsby was still in love with Daisy despite the fact that she left him without a reason or goodbye. When Daisy returned into his life and he saw another opportunity to be with her, he jumped at it. Daisy led Gatsby on for a while before retreating back to Tom (145). Even after Gatsby died, she did not call Nick to condole him or even attend Gatsby's funeral (174). Daisy had no regard for Gatsby's feelings as she toyed with them for her own satisfaction. Daisy and Tom were both morally despicable in their own ways. The reason Daisy was ranked higher than Tom was because she caused all the damage Tom had, just in different ways. Tom abused Myrtle and Daisy physically, beating them, but Daisy abused Gatsby emotionally, and emotional scars are the ones that take the longest to heal. Tom was very upfront with others, and everyone knew he was trouble from the start, which is the reason he placed number two. Daisy was manipulative and deceptive, and she came off as a harmless woman who was in an opprobrious relationship, though she was not that woman in the slightest.
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