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The novel The Great Gatsby is a classic display of moral values F Scott Fitzgerald the author was born in St Paul Minnesota on September 24 1896 Fitzgerald was a romanticist from the day he was born He was obsessed with achieving wealth partially due to his upbringing in his neighborhood He grew up in one of the richest neighborhoods in the country but he lived in a fairly small house unlike the others He always tried to fit in with the wealthiest people and stereotypical attitudes they possessed He attended Princeton University in an effort to do so but later failed out Fitzgerald died in 1944 still a romanticist The Great Gatsbys character Nick Carroway moves to West Egg New York in search for riches in the bond business His neighbor Jay Gatsby is a very wealthy man who throws extremely decadent parties every Saturday night As the story goes on Gatsby confesses to being in love with Daisy Buchanan who is married to Tom Buchanan and also a very wealthy couple Tom becomes conspicuous of Daisy and Gatsby after they spend frequent time together After Myrtles accidental death Tom becomes angry and tells George Wilson Myrtles husband that Gatsby was the one responsible for killing his wife Fitzgerald uses characters throughout the novel to explain that peoples values are negatively altered when they become wealthy Wealth can make people do bad things for example murder Tom Buchanan because he told George Wilson that Gatsby killed Myrtle can be blamed for the murder of Gatsby When George talked to him Tom told George it was Gatsbys car that hit Myrtle but he failed to mention that it was Daisy driving Even though it was never directly mentioned it is shown that Tom knew Daisy was the one who killed Myrtle Nick said and anybody would have said that they were conspiring together Fitzgerald 146 This conspiring was probably a plan to get Daisy
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