This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Warped Goals Is About The Selfishness And Lack Of Morals Shown By Some Of The Characters In "The Great Gatsby" By. F.Scott Fitzgerald

561 words - 3 pages

"The Great Gatsby", by F. Scott Fitzgerald, outlines many themes found in the 1920s. Most of these themes display few morals and much selfishness. Almost everyone had the same measures of success and were willing to do anything to achieve it. The actions people took in "The Great Gatsby" revolved around dreams, wealth, and possessiveness.Everyone has dreams. The people in "The Great Gatsby" were no different. It was hard to find a content person throughout the novel. Their dreams usually revolved around money, power, and the opposite sex. Jay Gatsby had an everlasting dream to recapture an old fling with Daisy Buchanan. He tried to buy this dream. Gatsby threw ...view middle of the document...

It seems as though money and power is what ran the characters in "The Great Gatsby". If they did not have the most money, they were not satisfied. That is probably why the richest people seemed to end up committing adultery. Once they had reached their goal of wealth and power, they needed something else to give them the same sense of achievement. In the 1920s, riches and power made people do some crazy and foolish things.All of the corrupt goals displayed in The Great Gatsby left the characters with a bad case of possessiveness. They wanted to control as many people and things as they could. Tom showed possessiveness for Daisy throughout the novel, even though he did not love her. When he had encounters with Myrtle and Gatsby involving Daisy, Tom reacted aggressively. He displayed similar actions when Myrtle died. He was having an affair with her, but did not love her in any sense. Tom acted as though he owned Myrtle when she died, like his property was destroyed. The characters also put much emphasis on their possessions. Gatsby thought his newfound wealth would be the thing to intrigue Daisy. Gatsby seemed right when it turned out Daisy married Tom because he had more money.The qualities and dreams displayed in "The Great Gatsby" seem ludicrous. On the other hand, it does not differ all that much from our generation's lifestyle. A lot of people are only interested in wealth and possessions. Hopefully, most of our dreams revolve around more important things than money and power. As the results in The Great Gatsby showed, not much good comes from selfish dreams.

Find Another Essay On Warped Goals is about the selfishness and lack of morals shown by some of the Characters in "The Great Gatsby" by. F.Scott Fitzgerald

A Time of Change In "The Great Gatsby" by F.Scott Fitzgerald

1026 words - 4 pages information about thecharacters. In The Great Gatsby, the structure of the novel is influenced byforeshadowing and flashback.Fitzgerald utilizes foreshadowing to the best of its ability to help organizethe novel. 'Luckily the clock took this moment to tilt dangerously at the pressure ofhis head, whereupon he turned and caught it with trembling fingers and set it back inplace. 'I'm sorry about the clock,' he said. 'It's an old clock,' I told himidiotically

Symbolism in "The Great Gatsby" F.Scott Fitzgerald

1033 words - 4 pages The Great Gatsby is a story with many aspects that are symbolic of deeper meanings. From the colors Fitzgerald associates with different objects to geographical locations, symbolism can be seen throughout The Great Gatsby.The most obvious of the symbolic colors in the story is the color green. It comes to the mind right away when Nick Carraway, the narrator, says that, "[Gatsby] stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way, and

Decaying Morals in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

985 words - 4 pages The 1920’s were a time of social and technological change. After World War II, the Victorian values were disregarded, there was an increase in alcohol consumption, and the Modernist Era was brought about. The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a perfect presentation of the decaying morals of the Roaring Twenties. Fitzgerald uses the characters in the novel--specifically the Buchanans, Jordan Baker, and Gatsby’s partygoers--to

Greed and Wealth in the Characters of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

1087 words - 4 pages , leaving powerful ideas for readers to adapt(add morals characters inhabit). By creating distinct social classes, old money, new money, and no money, Fitzgerald sends strong messages about the elitism running throughout every perspective of society. F. Scott Fitzgerald portrays characters like Nick, Tom, Daisy, Jordan and Wilson/Myrtle negatively in society and shows how different class system lack morality and social values. The first and most

The "Great Gatsby by "F. Scott Fitzgerald, a story of morals and American idealism

671 words - 3 pages The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a storyof morals and American idealism, this being a majortheme of the book, which is corrupted by using materialsas its means.Nick, the narrator as well as one of the maincharacters of The Great Gatsby, has moved to the Eastcoast from the West to learn the bond business. Herents a mid-sized bungalow on West Egg, where most ofthe other residents have adopted their wealth, whichjust happens to be next to

Dominant Characters in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

1735 words - 7 pages foil is hidden until the end of the book. Francis Scott Fitzgerald does this exceptionally well, as he does a wonderful job of developing characters into this foil role throughout the book. This is seen most obviously in the characters of Tom and Daisy Buchanon, and Fitzgerald describes the extent of their thoughtlessness at the end of the book by writing, “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy—they smashed up things and creatures and then

The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald

975 words - 4 pages The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald Throughout the novel, Gatsby's dialogue and actions contribute to the overall impression of greatness in Gatsby. Most of these attributes are made visible to the reader by Gatsby's obsession to being reunited with Daisy, his long lost love. Gatsby's actions towards Nick also give the impression to the reader of the greatness in

The Great Gatsby, by Fitzgerald

1005 words - 4 pages Great Gatsby Fitzgerald suggests many things about illusion and reality. I thinkthat the strongest thing Fitzgerald suggests is that you create your own illusion, and withthis illusion, you shape the person that you are. All of the rich people in this book havesome sort of illusion surrounding their persona, but Gatsby has the greatest of all illusionssurrounding him.Gatsby is presented as living the charmed life, with plenty of friends, no problems

"The great Gatsby" by Fitzgerald

567 words - 2 pages , who chooses to live in his past love with Daisy rather than moving on to his bright future. As a result, Gatsby is hopelessly romantic.Because of Gatsby's hopeless romanticism, he believes that Daisy still loves him as much as he loves her. In the argument between Gatsby and Tom, Gatsby yells, "She never loved you do you hear? She only married you because I was poor and she was tired of waiting for me. It was a terrible mistake, but in her

The Pursuit of Wealth, Power, and Pleasure in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

861 words - 4 pages Hugh Hefner once said, “I looked back on the roaring Twenties, with its jazz, 'Great Gatsby' and the pre-Code films as a party I had somehow managed to miss.” The parties of the Roaring Twenties were used to symbolize wealth and power in a society that was focused more on materialism and gossip than the important things in life, like family, security, and friends. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, portrays the characters of Tom and

Literary Analysis of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

1071 words - 5 pages The novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, takes place in Long Island around the roaring twenties during the prohibition era. The fictional character and narrator Nick Carraway talks about his experiences with the people of Long Island, which is divided into two parts, East and West Egg. After living in West egg, Nick soon realizes how selfish and negligent the people of Long Island are. The only character that is genuinely a good

Similar Essays

The Great Gatsby By F.Scott Fitzgerald

1213 words - 5 pages themselves through the illusions concocted by the novel's characters. The American dream was "in effect [dead] July 5, 1922." The Great Gatsby depicts the destruction of two dreams, Gatsby's and also America's. Through the use of color symbolization, specifically green, Fitzgerald is able to show the relation between Gatsby's dream and also the American dream. As a result of this, the read is able to understand the major theme of the book more

Conflict Of Old Money And New Money In The Great Gatsby By F.Scott Fitzgerald

739 words - 3 pages In the book, The Great Gatsby, written by F.Scott Fitzgerald, there seems to be conflict between old money and new money. New money meaning that they have inquired wealth recently, and old money meaning they have inherited the money from their ancestors and have been building up their powerful social connections for many years. Fitzgerald portrays new money as being reckless and unwise with their wealth by lavishly spending their money on new

The American Dream In The Great Gatsby By F.Scott Fitzgerald

827 words - 4 pages her morals and true emotions. Additionally, after Gatsby takes the fall for her murderous actions, and is later shot by Myrtle’s husband, George, Daisy does not attend Gatsby’s funeral and pay respects to the man she assumed to love and have great feelings for. She cares more about protecting herself and lives in the fear of what people might think of her if she goes, rather than be a decent person. Tom is another symbol of corruption

Dreams In The Great Gatsby By F.Scott Fitzgerald

2433 words - 10 pages greatness of their origin. In The Great Gatsby, Gatsby’s destruction and the death of his undying dream are intensified through the magnification of the conflicts found in the characters of Tom and Daisy Buchanan. By dreaming, Jay Gatsby develops a false world that can never completely capture the grandeur of its original place in time. An attraction exists between Gatsby and the past, for Gatsby’s past holds the source of the dream that molds