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Immortality In "The Great Gatsby" Essay

1163 words - 5 pages

People say that "money makes the world go around." It may, but in the novel The Great Gatsby written by F. Scott Fitzgerald money is what causes greed and death. The novel is filled with multiple themes but one predominate theme that the author focuses on is immorality. The novel was written in the1920s which was a time that drew away from social and moral values and yearned for its greed and empty pursuit of pleasure. Gatsby, gains his wealth through bootlegging only because he wants to show Daisy his wealth. Sadly, his determination for his love is what gets him killed. The author uses different characters throughout the novel to present his theme. Symbols can also be found in The ...view middle of the document...

He has an extraordinary library that is stacked with real books but has never been opened or read and he gives wild parties but does not join in them. This is an example of immorality because the guests of the party have no intentions of meeting the host or thanking him. They are only there to show off their wealth and they dress nice so they can show others that they have money. Although the guests of Gatsby's party have fortune, they are immoral because they have no principles and no ethics. They show no appreciation and come to his parties to show their wealth.

In chapter four, the author uses the theme immorality through the character Daisy. Daisy is a popular and wealthy woman that has no values and no purpose in life. She also doesn't have much interest in life so she goes out to one social scene to the next; usually she is dressed in gold and silver. She has a daughter Pammy, but her daughter does not give any meaning to Daisy's life. Daisy falls in love with Gatsby, who is a solider stationed in Louisville. However, her family does not approve of Gatsby because he can not give her any wealth or stability. Therefore, she marries Tom while she is with Tom she has an affair with Gatsby to help her escape her boredom. Jordan mentions Gatsby's name to Daisy and she responds by saying, ""it must be the

man she used to know." Daisy does not value the feelings of others or even mankind. When she

hits and kills Myrtle Wilson, she does not even stop. When Gatsby is shot, she does not call him

or send flowers. Fitzgerald uses Daisy to show how much money and fortune mean to her that

although she loves Gatsby she puts aside her true feelings because of her immorality. Even

when his name is mentioned she pretends as if she doesn't know him. The only thing Daisy is

worried about is protecting and entertaining herself.

In chapter nine the author uses the theme immorality through the character Meyer. When Nick goes to visit Meyer to inform him about Gatsby death he does not show his sympathy yet he speaks of how he had been responsible for making Gatsby so successful. Meyer, who is Gatsby's closest friend, tells Nick that he is unable to attend the funeral he says,...

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