"The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitsgerald - morality.

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My Gatsby Essay - Comparatively

In this society, everyone has a price. It is simply a matter of discovering what it is each person wants most; their most secret desire. Each individual and their personality will determine how far they will go to gain this aspiration. One person would go only so far as to tell a few lies, while another might kill somebody. No matter what, each and every person would go to some immoral measure; it is something that is a part of human nature. In the work The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, both Gatsby and Tom are guilty of this natural human flaw. These characters give up their morals for their definition of love. They also renounce their morals for control. As well, they forsake their morals for the reputation they desire. When people give up their morals for something they want, they will gain momentary happiness, yet even when things fall apart, they never realize that immoral actions do not equal contentment.

Most people willingly yield their morals for love. Gatsby is a prime example of this. His whole life revolves around the person he feels is his one and only true love. Gatsby commits immoral acts of various natures to gain this love. For example, he gets into illegal businesses to gain the money to impress Daisy. He also commits adultery with her, as the only way of getting to her. If she really was his true love, and it was meant to be, Gatsby should not have to do anything immoral. Unfortunately, he cannot understand that, his love is too blind, and he is desperate: "...'I don't want to do anything out of the way!' He kept saying. 'I want to see her right next door.' 'When I said...