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Nancy Flores The Effects of Corruption in the American Dream The dictionary defines the word corruption as an impureness that offers or accepts bribes and bad influence Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary of Current English pg 193 Throughout life people meet various ways of corruption we can actually see this through the government and its leaders Corruption is some type of dishonesty and fraud This type of action affects people in various ways We see several ways this word is actually reflected in Fitzgeralds novel The Great Gatsby Throughout the novel we read about a mysterious man who lives in East Egg and has just become rich He followed his dream of being wealthy and successful Gatsby worked hard to achieve his dream he even was forced to make several illegal moves He came from a very poor and humble past not from a prosperous family Gatsby tried to follow his dream his American dream Jay wanted to earn enough money and be from a high status in order to be satisfied with himself and be able to get Daisys love back This American Dream is somewhat an aspiration to possess the ability to come from nothing to be an absolute nobody and build yourself up into a real somebody In a way to be able to create yourself and your own version of reality to turn yourself independent from anything that surrounds you In life many people dream about becoming this type of person that is what is known as The American Dream I would say that Gatsby was corrupted by society a society that placed such emphasis on wealth This is some type of superficial world that allowed for such a huge division of classes to exist There was a giant focus on money and on class division This influence is what led Gatsby to attain such wealth most likely through illegal means as
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