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Morality and Corruption in the Great Gatsby

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Ashley Leong

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Morality and Corruption in the Great Gatsby
By: Ashley, Jayden, Alex
Thesis
Jay Gatsby, Daisy and Myrtle strive for the American dream but fail to achieve it because of their flaws, where they corrupt the moral good.
Jay Gatsby
Infatuated with the american dream
An idealist
Only desires money and status
Illegal activities in order to gain wealth
Daisy Buchanan
Strives for wealth and an easy life by using men
Gatsby's romantic illusion
Cheats on Tom
Does not take responsibility of killing Myrtle and retreats back into her riches
Shows the decline of the american dream
Myrtle Wilson
Poor but strives for the american dream
Shows how even the poorest of poor are desperate to achieve "happiness"
Uses Tom to obtain the dream
Jealous of Daisy because she was born into the rich life
“I found out what your ‘drug-stores’ were.” He turned to us and spoke rapidly. “He and this Wolfsheim bought up a lot of side-street drug-stores here and in Chicago and sold grain alcohol over the counter. That’s one of his little stunts. I picked him for a bootlegger the first time I saw him, and I wasn’t wrong.”(Tom- Pg.127)
“And it was from Cody that he inherited money- a legacy of twenty-five thousand dollars. He didn’t get it. He never understood the legal device that was used against him, but what remained of the millions went intact to Ella Kaye. He was left with his singularly appropriate education; the vague contour of Jay Gatsby had filled out to the substantiality of a man.”(Nick- Pg. 97)
“I couldn’t forgive him or like him, but i saw that what he had done was, to him, entirely justified. It was all very careless and confused. They were careless people, Tom and Daisy - smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together and let other people clean up the mess they had made”
“I married him because I thought he was a gentleman, I thought he knew something about breeding, but he wasn’t fit to lick my shoe.” (Fitzergald 37)
“Daisy! Daisy! Daisy!” shouted Mrs. Wilson “I’ll say it whenever I want to! Daisy! Dai-“ Making a short deft movement, Tom Buchanan broke her nose with his open hand." (Fitzergald 37)
"Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral" Hebrews 13:4

“You shall not commit adultery."

“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
Recap
Jay Gastby gained riches and success, but ignored what is right by participating in illegal activities, to achieve the American dream
Daisy Buchanan is beautiful, but only chases men for their money, which she falls back into whenever committing a sin that is morally wrong
Myrtle Wilson is poor, and tries to obtain wealth by having affairs with rich men
"I first met Tom Buchanan's mistress....
The fact that he had one was insisted upon wherever he was known. His acquaintances resented the fact that he turned up in popular restaurant with her and, leaving her at a table, sauntered about chatting with whomsoever he knew."
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