The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

734 Words Oct 26th, 2014 3 Pages
Lexi Aldrich
Carlson
Period 6
24 October 2014
The Great Gatsby In the 1920’s, life revolved around how much money you made and how high on the social ladder you climbed. People would do anything, even something immoral, to reach the upper class. In The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, money and status leave the characters devoid of morality. Status can drive people to do immoral things. Myrtle uses infidelity to climb the social ladder without hard work. Tom cheats on Daisy with Myrtle. Myrtle is a gold digger who uses Tom to feel like she is richer and more powerful than she actually is. In Chapter 2, Myrtle rants about her husband and screams, “I married him because I thought he was a gentleman... I thought he knew something about breeding, but he wasn’t fit to lick my shoe” (Fitzgerald 33). Myrtle did love George but when she realized that he was poor and didn’t have a good paying job, she realized she wanted more. Because Tom spends most of his time in New York “working”, Daisy feels like there is a part of her missing. To fill this hole, she starts cheating on Tom with Gatsby, who she used to love. Their love never truly went away and when they are reunited, the sparks fly again. Gatsby finds out that Daisy did not wait for him while he was at war because she found out he was not rich and wanted more. Gatsby knows Daisy married Tom just for his money and thinks that she never truly loved him and tries to get Daisy to admit it. When Daisy will not admit…

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