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The American Dream is what fathers of this country set out for but yet sometime between present day and 1776 the dream became skewed as F Scott Fitzgerald shows in the classic book The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald illustrates the demise of the American dream The lying scheming cheating and unethical characters shown in The Great Gatsby represent the same people with different names in todays society Corruption has been part of politics and wealth even before the turn of the twentieth century but the corruption of this last century seems to be greater than in the one before Fitzgerald painted with his words characters that were far from the legends we have heard about in the 1920s James Gatz otherwise know as Jay Gatsby a millionaire who was wrapped up in his money and also his love for Daisy a married women His moneys origin unknown until late in the book but yet even when they were made know it was considered shady Gatsby turned out all right at the end it is what preyed on Gatsby what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that temporarily closed out my interest in the abortive sorrows and short-winded elations of men 6 Another character in the book was a hypocritical man who was also wrapped up in his wealth he was Tom Buchanan His social attitudes are laced with racism and sexism and also he never even considers trying to live up to the moral standard he demands from those around him He cheated others out of what was rightfully theirs usually when it came to women Theyre a rotten crowd Youre worth the whole damn bunch put together 162 The love of two mens life was a southern bell that had grace on the outside but yet on the inside she was the vicious killer of her husbands mistress Daisy Buchanan was also a hypocrite for she killed her husbands mistress but yet
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