The Great Gatsby is a book written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The book is set in the 1920’s which is the glorified part of the early 1900’s with the Jazz age and the roaring 20’s. The Great Gatsby is all about morale decay,money ,crime and love. The Great Gatsby is a good example of what can happen to people when they let greed and love take over their life. Everyone in the Great Gatsby has a corrupted American DreamTwo main characters known as Gatsby and Tom both fall victim to a corrupt American Dream. They both focus on wealth and a women named Daisy. Gatsby is also a character who has crime tied to his name. Daisy is a characterwhose American Dream is also corrupted by money and her love for rich men. She has also done things such as cheat on Tom which is part of the morale decay outlook in the 1920’s. Every character in the book has a twisted perception of reality.
Moral Decay played a big role in the book. Daisy, Tom and Myrtle all have morale decay at some point in the book. All three of these characters cheated on their so called lover. Tom constantly had affairs with other women. Tom is married to Daisy, however he has a mistress. Tom mistress and love affair happened with Myrtle.Tom and Myrtle had both fooled around with each other. However they are also both married to someone. Myrtle is married to George Wilson when they were having their affair. Myrtle had no problem cheating on George because she felt that he was below her."I married him because I thought he was a gentleman, she said finally. I thought he knew something about breeding, but he wasn't fit to lick my shoe”. This is a good showing of how bad the moral decay of the early 1900’s was. People had no remorse towards anyone's feelings and how their actions would affect others. Daisy knew that Tom had been cheating on her for a while. He had even been cheating on her the day of their wedding. Daisy isn't so sweet and innocent either. She had been having an affair with Gatsby. This is why later on in the book Tom was “feeling the hot whips of panic”. Tom felt powerful which he likes having power, but this stopped when he realised she was also cheating on him. All of these characters had big problems with moral decay. All of these examples show just how bad the 1920’s were with morality and respect for your love.
Money play another important role within the destruction of the characters American Dreams. Money corrupted Gatsby, Tom and Daisy. Gatsby’s whole life after he met Cody on the boat. He had meet Cody when he had helped him on his boat as summer work. He was supposed to get $10,000 when Cody had died. Gatsby never got the money that he was promised. This had upset and angered him, he wanted to become a rich and successful man after this event had happened to him. Gatsby’s life later on in life was completely controlled and centered around wealth. This is shown with his rich lavish fancy lifestyle. The parties that he throws for everyone shows the amount of money he has. Gatsby’s life is also corrupted by money because he wants to impress Daisy with it. This also leads to him and Tom trying to outdo each other in order to get Daisy. Tom
Crime is another big part of the Great Gatsby. Meyer Wolfsheim, Gatsby and Daisy all committed crimes. The biggest and worst crime was committed by Daisy. Meyer Wolfsheim is a very interesting and intricate man. He has done many unlawful things in his past. Wolfsheim is the man who fixed the 1919 world series. "Meyer Wolfsheim? No, he's a gambler. Gatsby hesitated, then added coolly: He's the man who fixed the World's Series back in 1919”. Just the fixing of the world series in enough to show you how terrible Wolfsheim is and that he does things for money. He is also the ring leader of a bootlegging operation. Wolfsheim and Gatsby are both involved in the bootlegging operation. Bootlegging is the sale/ distribution of alcohol illegally. It is illegal because of prohibition which started in 1920. Another major crime that was committed in the Great Gatsby was the death of Myrtle. Myrtle is the women that Tom has had an affair with. She is also married to George who isn’t to friendly with Gatsby to start with. Myrtle was killed when she was struck by a car that had Daisy and Gatsby in it. The worst part is the car never stooped to check on Myrtle. It slowed down after the accident but never actually stopped. The car with Gatsby and Daisy was heading home from New York. Later on Tom and (the rest of them) are also on there way back to Gatsby’s. They run into the scene of Myrtle death. When Tom realises its Myrtle he tries to keep his composure and not cry or anything because of his affair with her. Myrtle’s husband George is in distraught and is almost ready to fight Tom. This is because he recognized the car and he knows it belongs to Tom. Tom tells the police that Gatsby was the one driving it. This angers George even more and Tom tries to persuade him to get Gatsby back for what he did. Gatsby was in fact not driving the car it was actually Daisy. This whole scene is what caused for the biggest surprise in the book. That would be the death of Jay Gatsby. He was shot dead by George who wanted revenge, George also killed himself. Crime played a very big role if not the biggest role in the book leading up to the death of Gatsby. It also played a big role in the 1920’s.