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The dream of wealth has been a mutual theme for many Americans all through history The prospect to become high society by money has blinded many Americans to the underlying consequence that is corruption Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing In this case too much of that thing is money The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald is a literary classic idealizing the American dream and ultimately the corruption of people as well as society as a whole Fitzgerald uses his theme of corruption through the characters Myrtle Wilson Jay Gatsby and Tom Buchanan Myrtle Wilson represents the opposite of everything Tom Buchanan stands for She wants to be high class but it is unveiled throughout the novel that she will never grasp that status Myrtle is Toms mistress She has an expanding need for notoriety and her desire to become significant She believes that by being with Tom she may rise beyond her present home in the Valley of Ashes and live a blissful life in the east egg Myrtle is indirectly corrupted by her compulsion for money which ironically follows her until her tragic death Tom Buchanan was born corrupt His life had constantly been filled with money and a very reputable social class He feels as though he is superior than everyone not only because he is wealthy but also in view of his beautiful wife named Daisy Tom controlled by his own money constructs a wall of high society with Daisy When Tom Daisy and their money are together there is no stopping them Throughout the novel Tom is subtly depicted as an ignorant man He is a white supremacist He has no sympathy for people of a lower class Toms conceded nature does not entitle him to do so Tom does not get corrupted in the novel rather Tom has been corrupted since the day he was born Jay Gatsbys character is layered with complex
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