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The theme of human corruption its sources and consenquences is a coomon concern among writers from Shakespeare through JD Salinger Some suggest that it attacks from outside while others depict corruption occuring from within the individual In the case if The Great Gatsby and its protagonists fate Fizgerald shows both factors at work The moral climate of the Roaring Twenties Daisy Fay Buchanans pernicious hold on him and Jay Gatsbys own nature all contribute to his tragic demise First the loose morality of Dan Cody Gatsbys unfortunate role model and superficial people who flock to Gatsbys parties contribute to Gatsbys downfall Their examples encourages Gatsbys interpretation of The American Dream- his naive belief is that money and social standing are all that matter in his quest for Daisy The self-absorbed debetants and their drunken escorts are among those who crash his extravagent soirees As Nick Carroway tells us People were not invited- they went there pg40 Shallow corrupt people like Jordan Baker gossip with reckless abandon about their mysterious host Their careless superficial attitudes and wanton behaviour represent Fizgaralds depiction of the corrupt American Dream Another force of corruption responsible for Gatsbys fate is his obsession with a woman of Daisys nature Determined to marry her after returning from the war he is blind to her shallow cowardly nature He is unable to see the corruptiion whick lies beyond her physical beauty charming manner and playful banter That she is incapable of leaving her brutal husband Tom of commiting herself to Gatsby despite his sacrifices escapes him As Nick observes Gatsbys expectation is absuredly simpleHe only wanted her to tell him Tom that she never loved him pg91 DAisy is not worthy of the pedestal on which she is placed Since she is hallow at the core so is his dream which is based on a brief flirtation nothing more Finally Gatsbys own character-especially his willful obessesion-contributes to his fate Despite his naivete about Daisy
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