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Essay: The Great Gatsby

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During the roaring twenties, religion and morality had vanished leaving wealthand social status the only way to survive. Fast automobiles, flappers and extensivewardrobes were of importance. The worship of material items eventually led to theirrelevance of those less fortunate. Gatsby did everything he could to rise above thesociety that he was introduced to, even if it meant leaving others to clean up the mess.Tom Buchanan, brain washed by lust neglected monogamy and yet in the end fooled noone but himself in the end. High society use any circumstance would use any excuse toconsume alcohol, party and have a good time. Does money blind those who obtain it andgive them an excuse to behave arrogantly and selfishly, or more often, does money andwealth make them wiser and more responsible?Mr. Jay Gatsby's past is some what blurred and unknown. He has definitelybecome the man that he wanted to be. However his way of forging ahead meant doingwhatever it took, not doing what was right. Tom Buchanan points the guilty at Mr.Gatsby in an attempt to expose him when Tom Buchanan said, " I guess your friendWalter Chase wasn't too proud to come in on it. And you left him in the lurch didn't you?You let him go to jail for a month in New Jersey" (134). Although to Tom's knowledgeof Gatsby isn't extensive, it is a step closer determining Gatsby's true past.Tom Buchanan cheats on his wife Daisy. His wife Daisy does not know whoTom's woman in Chicago is; she does point out to him abruptly in public that somethingis up. She says, " Do you know why we left Chicago? I'm surprised you haven't toldthem about that little spree" (125). This quote suggests that Tom Buchanan has acheating problem. Tom Buchanan is using George Wilson, the Gas station manager forhis wife, Myrtle Wilson. Once George begins to realize how he has been use and playedfor a fool, he invents a story to keep Tom away. " I've been here to long. I want...

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