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Moral Decay of Society in The Great Gatsby

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Sydney McMurray

on 14 September 2015

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Moral Decay of Society in The Great Gatsby
"They smashed up things and creatures and then retreated into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let people clean up the mess they had made."
Effect on Wilson
Tom ruins Wilson's relationship without thinking twice about it
Daisy kills Myrtle and leaves both Wilson and Gatsby to clean up the mess she made
Tom's Effect on Gatsby
Leads Wilson to believe Gatsby was having an affair with Myrtle
Tom has no concern for what happens and to whom as a result of his actions
Daisy's Effect on Gatsby
Makes Gatsby believe she would leave Tom for him
Thematic absence of morals shown when Daisy eludes Gatsby into thinking she would change her life for him
Tom's Effect on Myrtle
Ruins relationship with her husband feeling no sense of guilt
Moral Decay of Society in The Great Gatsby
Even minor upper class characters in the novel did this at Gatsby's parties, expecting others to clean up their literal mess from the night before.
Tom and Daisy attempted to distance themselves from Gatsby and the culture of new wealth during the Roaring 20's
Both new and old wealth during this time acted careless as a result of having so much money and therefore mobility
Old and new money alike were reckless and refused to suffer consequences of their actions
Tom and Daisy hide behind money and let others suffer the consequences of their actions
Upper class inherits wealth and acts reckless
Lower class works for/desires wealth and status but cannot achieve it
Lost sight of morals when attempting to achieve wealth and status
Myrtle tries to distance herself from life in the Valley of Ashes
Desires wealth and lifestyle of Tom and other upper class individuals
Tom corrupted her by exposing her to his "exciting" world of shallowness and wealth, causing Myrtle to lose sight of morals
Attracted to Tom for materialistic reasons
Tom carelessly breaks her nose and subsequently buys her off
Myrtle pretends she has a high social status and lies about it
Tom has made her feel as though she is a part his world by exposing her to it
She will always be another temporary pawn of the upper class
Kills Myrtle and abandons Gatsby for her wealth and security with Tom
Allows Gatsby to "clean up her mess" and take the blame for killing Myrtle
Her carelessness and lack of morals lead to both Gatsby's and Wilson's demise
Jordan's Lack of Morals
Despite being a more modern woman, Jordan still cheats, lies, and even drives carelessly
Rapid engagement shows that Jordan is superficial and careless like the rest of East Egg
People everywhere know and expect that Tom is cheating
Less morals than most mean that were having affairs
Tom thinks he is superior to Wilson because of his high status in society, and therefore acts careless
Tom ruins Myrtle's relationship with Wilson and feels no guilt in doing so
Myrtle uses Tom as an escape from the barren, desolate Valley of Ashes because she thinks the world of wealth and Tom Buchanan is idealistic
Loses sight of morals to try to be a part of this exciting world that her "dull" husband knows nothing about
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