Sacrifices: A Theme Paper Over The Great Gatsby

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Noel Coward said, “The higher the building, the lower the morals.” In the book The Great Gatsby this is the case. The individuals that are considered “upper class” are more willing to sacrifice their morals then the people that are in the “lower class.” However, the lower class is not perfect either. A theme for The Great Gatsby is people may be willing to sacrifice their morals to achieve what they think they want. Jay Gatsby, Daisy and Tom Buchannan and Nick Carraway are just four examples of people that are willing to sacrifice their morals to get what they want.
Jay Gatsby is a prime example of someone that is willing to sacrifice it all. Gatsby met Daisy around the time of the war. ...view middle of the document...

He constantly asked people if they personally knew Daisy. He was willing to do anything and everything to get Daisy back. On page 110 Gatsby said to Nick, “I’m going to fix everything just the way it was before,” he said nodding determinedly. “She’ll see.” From this statement one can tell how determined Gatsby is to get Daisy back. Eventually, Gatsby finds someone that knows Daisy and is able to set up a meeting with her. Daisy seems that she is in love with Gatsby but once she finds out about his wrong doings she chooses her husband, Tom, over Gatsby.
Even though Tom Buchannan doesn’t have that many morals it seems like, he still manages to sacrifice those. Tom is a rich man that is married to Daisy. On the outside one would think he would be happy with the life he already has but that is not the case. Tom is cheating on Daisy with a woman known as Myrtle Wilson. Myrtle is also married to a different man. Tom buys Myrtle nice things and he even has an apartment in town for those two to go to. Tom does not even treat Myrtle nicely or with respect. One day Nick and Tom travel into town to see Myrtle and her friends. Nick was unaware at the time that this is what Tom’s intentions were. On page 37 Tom and Myrtle are getting into an argument and Nick observes, “Making a short deft movement, Tom Buchanan broke her nose with his open hand.” So just because they were bickering Tom thought it would be okay to hit Myrtle. Tom has no respect at all. Tom is not only disrespectful but also hypocritical. Tom is cheating on Daisy but when he suspects that something is going on between Gatsby and Daisy he freaks out. He then tries to excuse his behavior. On page 131 Tom says, “And what’s more I love Daisy too. Once in a while I go off on a spree and make a fool of myself, but I always come back and in my heart I love her all the time.” Tom is saying that he loves Daisy all the time but he is willing to cheat on her constantly. Now, that just doesn’t add up. One would think someone that wealthy and that high up in social class would have a little more morals than what Tom Buchannan has.
Daisy Buchannan is willing to sacrifice her morals for money, social class and security. Daisy knew Gatsby before she married Tom. They were in love. When it came to it Daisy married Tom and chose the security of that then wait for Jay Gatsby. She liked that idea of being sure of it and the money aspect. When Daisy and Gatsby end up reconnecting years later one would almost think she has changed, that she really is in...

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