Great Gatsby Corruption American Dream Essay

The Great Gatsby describes the decay of the American Dream and the want for money and materialism.This novel also describes the gap between the rich and the poor (Gatsby and the Wilsons, West Egg and the Valley of the Ashes) by comparing the differences between the Western United States (traditional western culture) and the Eastern United States (money obsessed values).

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Gatsby's house is furnished well with old looking ornaments and (probably) second hand antiques, Gatsby's house also has a library which is full of 'uncut' literature.

The conversation between Jordan and an unnamed man at one of Gatsby's parties talks about the books: "Absolutely real - have real pages and everything.

I'd thought they'd be a nice durable cardboard." These books and antiques are just Gatsby's way of showing off his wealth to others, however Gatsby doesn't really care for materialism, we can tell this because his bedroom, the only room he really ever uses, is empty compared to the rest of the house.

Gatsby's love life is also a sign of declining morals, and also a sign of further corruption of the American Dream.

For example, when the girl comments Jordan's dress, Daisy ignores her and asks her what she thinks about her friends: "Aunt Jordan's got on a white dress too" (said the child). Daisy thinks that Tom is 'brutish' and she has never really liked him.

The Great Gatsby is a great portrayal of the corruption of society and the fall of the American Dream.

Gatsby came from the western United States where there was 'old money.' There he met Dan Cody who taught him how to 'bootleg.' As Gatsby became richer he moved to West Egg in .

Gatsby's house is a rather artificial place, the house was originally built to impress Daisy with his so-called wealth, and this is a sign of a corrupt way of 'winning' love through money and wealth.

Gatsby gets his fortune through the illegal sale of alcohol ('bootlegging').

The sale of alcohol was prohibited in the United States in the 1920s.


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