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Corruption In The Great Gatsby, By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is about corruption and reveals the dishonesty of people in the era. People such as Jordan Baker, Meyer Wolfsheim and Tom Buchanan display their deceptive ways in this novel. First off, Jordan Baker, a young golf champion, reveals her corruptive ways when Nick recalls that “at her first big golf tournament there was a row that nearly reached the newspapers-a suggestion that she had moved her ball from a bad lie in the semi-final round” (57). When this story almost reached the newspaper, it was because “it had approached the proportions of a scandal” (57). This is quite the story if it is important enough to reach the newspaper and she would have been disqualified. However, the scandal “died away” (57) and the caddy “retracted his statement, and the only other witness admitted that he may have been mistaken” (57). The way both of these witness change their mind so suddenly is suspicious. They both could have been easily bought by Jordan or her wealthy family. Furthermore, Jordan exposes her deceptive side once again when she “leaves a borrowed car out in the rain with the top down, and then lied about it” (57). This action is careless yet Jordan doesn’t care she is destroying someone else’s property. She even goes as far as lying about it to evade the blame.
Meyer Wolfsheim is another dishonest person who was corrupted by the thought of wealth. Gatsby informs Nick that “he’s the man who fixed the World Series back in 1919” (73). This statement shows that Wolfsheim is a man who will do anything for personal gain. He toys with the “faith of fifty million people” (73). Also, Gatsby adds that “he just saw the opportunity” (73). Meyer Wolfsheim could have gained his wealth through hard work but instead he chooses to commit a crime. Meyer...

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