Moral Flaws Of The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

1366 Words Aug 4th, 2015 6 Pages
This is a book about lying, cheating, scamming, and corruption for the betterment of oneself. Though some have redeeming qualities, it is apparent that the characters in The Great Gatsby are all “morally blind” (Parkinson 94) in one way or another, knowingly or unknowingly. In the majority of cases, these moral imperfections are not nearly as horrid as the label makes them seem. These actions are things that may not appear as something bad to the character or the reader, but they are technically classified as morally corrupt. In other cases it is very apparent that there is moral corruption. The characters experience these varying cases at different points throughout the novel depending on what is happening to the character in the moment.
Tom Buchanan’s corruption is definitely one that is very apparent. In fact, he is arguably the character who is the most blind to morals. His actions can be described as “some of the most immoral and senseless actions in the entire novel” (“Ranking…). He cheats on Daisy “simply because he can” (“Ranking…”). This shows that he has no care or regard for anyone but himself. He is going to do what he wants no matter how it affects other people. It is this mindset that leads to him to have a part in causing the deaths of Myrtle, Gatsby, and Mr. Wilson. It is his relationship with Myrtle that makes her want to run to the car she thinks he is driving. He knows his adultery causes this accident, but “he runs away from the entire situation… as if…

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