Gatsby Essay

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Incidences of life can cause outwardly perfect individuals to fall to pieces and realities to merge with dreams. Sometimes an individual's outlook on life differs than those around him. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald expounds on the social classes and mentality of people during the Jazz age. He focuses on the similarities and variations in the individuals' circumstances and shows that the behaviors and morals can drastically be altered within a decade. Characters such as, Tom, George, Nick, Gatsby, Myrtle, and Daisy go through similar situations but differ in the way they deal with them. Their individual personalities, values, and lifestyles are significantly unique and exhibited as relationships grow and crumble. Before long, each life has changed almost beyond recognition. Tom Buchanan, an immensely wealthy and arrogant man hailing from a socially solid old family, and George Wilson, a lifeless, exhausted owner of a run-down auto shop at the edge of the Valley of Ashes, are affected by the power and moral decay of the 1920s. Both characters are troubled when they find out that their wives are unfaithful to them. When Gatsby, a wealthy West Egger, casually mentions that he knows Tom's wife, Daisy, Tom becomes alarmed and suspicious. Nick the narrator observes that, "Tom was evidently perturbed at Daisy's running around alone," (105). With his power and wealth, Tom is able to find out about Gatsby's past. He tells Gatsby, at the Plaza Hotel, "I've made a little investigation into your affairs" (134). His tactics allows him to persuade Daisy to let go of Gatsby and return to him. Similarly, George becomes suspicious of his wife Myrtle when he discovers a dog leash in a drawer and Myrtle tries to cover it up with lies. When George is absolutely sure of Myrtle's affair, he becomes sad and shocked. He says, in his garage, "I just got wised up to something

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