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In F Scott Fitzgeralds classic American novel The Great Gatsby several of the principal characters live mindless indulgent and irresponsible life styles where consequence is only an afterthought Indeed Daisy Tom and Jordan exhibit a carelessness that exposes the true corruption of the American dream The social class to which these characters belong allows for them to do as they please and carry on with their selfish actions Selfishness is also a trait found in other characters within the novel and this attribute with its resulting carelessness eventually results in tragedy The vulgar pursuit of wealth during the 1920s is carried through the text and displayed in various ways by every characters thoughtless attitude This corruptive influence of wealth and materialism even directly affects and ruins the lives of the less affluent individuals in the novel Throughout the book Tom Daisy and Jordan seem to exhibit a position of indifference They do not portray concern about anything of substance aside from themselves Because the inherited social status of these characters has desensitized them to various emotions they seem disinterested in a world that does not revolve around them While these three are the most obviously self-centered the other characters in the story show their selfishness in more subtle ways Jordan Bakers careless and deceitful actions throughout the book continually demonstrate the self-absorption that brings about the downfall of every principal character She was incurably dishonest 63 Nicks reaction to her inconsiderate ways displays that his care for others is extremely limited as well It made no difference to me Dishonesty in a woman is a thing you never blame really 62 Nick although not born into this way of life illustrates these careless ways appropriately but to a lesser extent Unlike the others however Nick exhibits some redeeming qualities When Gatsby dies he is the only one who seems to care From the start of the novel Nick accurately characterizes Daisy and Tom as people
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