The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

1084 Words Mar 30th, 2015 5 Pages
Money Makers Money during the modern times was a tool used in excess. Also excessive were the means by which people obtained their status and wealth. Liars and cheaters were the only ones who made it during the modern times, building their empires on corrupt foundations. In F. Scott Fitzgerald 's novel, The Great Gatsby, money and status is the primary focus of the characters ' lives. Throughout the novel, the reader discovers how wealth and want eventually corrupts a person, causing him engage in dishonest and immoral practices. First, the characters in this novel make it clear that classism and monetary prejudice lead people to raise their social status, often by illegal means. Tom and Daisy attend one of Gatsby’s parties when Tom notes that “‘[a] lot of these newly rich people are just big bootleggers, you know’” in regards to Gatsby and his guests (Fitzgerald 107). Tom, used to the polite air of old money, regards the newly rich, including Gatsby, with disdain at one of his lavish parties. Gatsby’s desire to attain wealth was corrupted along the way as he participated in illegal ventures, a flaw Tom was keen to point out due to his inbred prejudice due to class. Another example of dishonest practices is seen with Nick’s first thought of Jordan Baker, noting how “[a]t her first big golf tournament…[Jordan] had moved her ball from a bad lie” in order to win the tournament (57). The desire to succeed and to become a popular athlete propelled Jordan to lie and cheat in…

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