Corruption In The Great Gatsby And The Trial

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Corruption has become so prominent that’s it’s everywhere in our in public life. One of the two books I had read was The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the other was The Trial, by Franz Kafka which is about Josef K. who is falsely arrested for an unknown crime. The author of The Great Gatsby and The Trial both show us that corruption and selfishness are embedded in all accepts of daily life. This makes the book a good reflection on life.
In The Great Gatsby corruption is rampant. Jay Gatsby is a mysterious man his true background is unknown but speculated. He is known as “a bootlegger”, the “nephew to Von Hindenburg and second cousin to the devil” and has “killed a man” (Fitzgerald 60). No one truly knows who Gatsby is, and that
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“Someone must have traduced Joseph K., for without having done anything wrong he was arrested one fine morning” (Kafka 1). With our current laws someone cannot be arrest “without having done anything wrong”, thus it shows that the warders are misusing their power. When K. asks why he is being arrested the warders respond with, “As the Law decrees, are drawn towards the guilty and must send out us warders. That’s the Law. What mistake could there be?” (7). When the wanders say, “What mistake could there be”, they mean that the law is always right and that guilt will be assign to the right party even if they don’t know why. The wander finishes his statement with a question that makes me believe that he is looking for support from his fellow wanders as he truly doesn’t know if what he is saying has any merit. When Josef K. is required to meet at the court hearing the examining magistrate spends their time looking at pornographic magazines. They are disinterested in proving his innocence and are more content on focusing on porno mags. As the story progresses it shows how corrupt the judicial system is, “Both methods have this in common: they prevent the accused from being convicted. But they also prevent an actual acquittal” (177). It shows how the court will always win in the end as you can only prolong your sentencing but never prove your …show more content…
was a very sympathetic Character who looked out for others in worst situations. “As he passed by the junk room again on his way home, he opened the door as if by habit. What he saw, in place of the expected darkness, bewildered him completely” (Kafka 98). When K. opens “the door as if by habit” it shows that he unconsciously tries to help others, the first time K. first finds the flogger flogging the men he instantly insists that he should stop what his doing. When that fails he offers to pay for the two men’s freedom, K. has no need for money as he values others’ lives more than currency. However, selfless K. maybe he is still filled with lust, “K. […] rushed out, seized her, kissed her on the mouth, then all over her face, like a thirsty animal lapping greedily at a spring it had found at last” (57). The way he kisses her “like a thirsty animal” shows how lustful he is for some affection.
The authors from my two books The Great Gatsby and The Trial show us that corruption and selfishness is a part of our lives. In The Great Gatsby corruption and selfishness is rampant, every rich guy is related to some sort of corruption that be bootlegging or adultery. In The Trial the court is corrupt arresting and prosecuting people for no clear reason. The two novels make it abundantly clear that corruption and selfishness is an underlining accept of daily

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