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A Goal of Corruption Wealth assets and attaining a superior net worth are the dreams and fantasies of many Americans The goal to have a better life is pure in essence but for those with weak wills and simple minds this goal can twist their morals and values from a fair-skinned maiden to a withered screeching harpy F Scott Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby is a contemporary novel published in 1925 Fitzgerald shows that material wealth can have a corrupting through his novel He does this through the characters of Tom Buchanan Myrtle Wilson and Jay Gatsby Fitzgerald gives a perfect example of a morally deficient person through Tom Toms only concern is keeping his highbred social and his flowing bank account Obtaining his money from his family Tom has no compassion for the lower class Tom looks upon the valley of asheswhere ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hill and grotesque gardens with a superincumbent discontent Fitzgerald 27 He fails to realize that it is people like him who produce these valleys Tom is also a white supremacist He feels that the white racewill be utterly submerged by the minorities 17 This is probably because he has no friends that are minorities and most if not all of his business associates are white Tom has arrogance about him an air of superiority that he feels gives him control over those around him Tom also takes great pride in the fact that Daisy is his wife not only because she is beautiful but also because she is the most expensive item on the market Fetterly 104 She ads value to his already substantial estate When Gatsby tells Tom that Daisy is leaving him he is so self-confident that he refuses to believe or accept that his wife would leave him for a common swindler whod have to steal the ring to put on her fingerFiztgerald 140 Tom has no real sense of morality or
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