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The theme of human corruption its sources and consenquences is a coomonconcern among writers from Shakespeare through JD Salinger Some suggest that it attacksfrom outside whileothers depict corruption occuring from within the individual In the caseif The Great Gatsby and its protagonists fate Fizgerald shows both factors at work The moralclimate of the Roaring Twenties Daisy Fay Buchanans pernicious hold on him and Jay Gatsbysown nature all contribute to his tragic demiseFirst the loose morality of Dan Cody Gatsbys unfortunate role model andsuperficialpeople who flock to Gatsbys parties contribute to Gatsbys downfall Theirexamples encouragesGatsbys interpretation of The American Dream- his naive belief is that moneyand social standing are all that matter in his quest for Daisy The self-absorbed debetantsand their drunken escorts are among those who crash his extravagent soirees As NickCarroway tells usPeople were not invited- they went there pg40 Shallow corrupt peoplelike Jordan Baker gossip with reckless abandon about their mysterious host Their carelesssuperficial attitudesand wanton behaviour represent Fizgaralds depiction of the corrupt AmericanDreamAnother force of corruption responsible for Gatsbys fate is his obsessionwith a woman of Daisys nature Determined to marry her after returning from the war heis blind to her shallowcowardly nature He is unable to see the corruptiion whick lies beyond herphysical beauty charming manner and playful banter That she is incapable of leaving herbrutal husband Tom ofcommiting herself to Gatsby despite his sacrifices escapes him As Nickobserves Gatsbys expectation is absuredly simpleHe only wanted her to tell him Tom thatshe never loved himpg91 DAisy is not worthy of the pedestal on which she is placed Sinceshe is hallow at the core so is his dream which is based on a brief flirtation nothing moreFinally Gatsbys own character-especially his willful obessesion-contributesto his fate Despite his naivete about Daisy and her friends who are rich and play polotogether he too has been seduced by the lure of money and fame Unable to control his obsessivedesire to have Dasiy he cares little
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