Essay: The Great Gatsby

Essay by lisaxoHigh School, 11th gradeA-, March 2003

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During the roaring twenties, religion and morality had vanished leaving wealth

and social status the only way to survive. Fast automobiles, flappers and extensive

wardrobes were of importance. The worship of material items eventually led to the

irrelevance of those less fortunate. Gatsby did everything he could to rise above the

society 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 no

one but himself in the end. High society use any circumstance would use any excuse to

consume alcohol, party and have a good time. Does money blind those who obtain it and

give them an excuse to behave arrogantly and selfishly, or more often, does money and

wealth make them wiser and more responsible?

Mr. Jay Gatsby's past is some what blurred and unknown. He has definitely

become the man that he wanted to be.

However his way of forging ahead meant doing

whatever 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 friend

Walter 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 knowledge

of 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 who

Tom's woman in Chicago is; she does point out to him abruptly in public that something

is up. She says, " Do you know why we left Chicago? I'm surprised you haven't told

them about that little spree" (125).