Merriam Webster’s Dictionary defines corruption as the impairment of integrity, virtue, or moral principle. In “The Great Gatsby,” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the author explains through different characters the corruption of the American Dream. One of the characters is the narrator’s cousin, Daisy Buchanan. In the story, Daisy only cares about possessions and not people, she lets other people take the fall for her actions, and she is unable to love—the quintessential victim by her own design.
Daisy’s sense of happiness is based on her materialism; resulting in her lack of wisdom or empathy regarding human relationship. She disregards the welfare of other human beings, because she only cares about the things that Tom gives her; the house, money, and jewelry. Furthermore, Daisy's focus on materialism causes her to act out like a selfish human being through her thoughtless lifestyle. Nick states,
"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—they 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.” (188).
Daisy's carelessness reveals her corruption as a human being. She uses her wealth and social status to escape whatever she chooses, like the death of Myrtle. Additionally, her actions demonstrate the dishonest exploitation of power for personal gain and attention. Daisy’s character, due to her money, inherently values her advantage over the lower class, revealing a nature of entitlement. Additionally, she gives no respect to anyone around her, sometimes not even Nick. It is evident that the only things she really cares about are objects and being adored, not love or respect of others.
Daisy’s corruption of spirit and lack of value for other human beings is evident when Gatsby describes to Nick about Daisy's car accident, "Well, first Daisy turned away from the woman toward the other car, and then she lost her nerve and turned back. The second my hand reached the wheel I felt the shock--it must have killed her...