Examples Of Moral Decay In The Great Gatsby

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How characters display moral decay in The Great Gatsby. F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote The Great Gatsby, in the Jazz Age or Roaring ‘20s, a time where fame, fortune and glamour were idolized. Many who had those things fell into corruption and moral decay. Fitzgerald uses his characters in The Great Gatsby to demonstrate the theme of moral decay through lying, cheating, and illegal activities. Fitzgerald uses lying as a tool to demonstrate moral decay. Tom Buchanan has an affair in the novel with Myrtle Wilson. Myrtle must lie to her husband, George Wilson, in order to get away with Tom. Nick asks about how Myrtle’s husband lets her go off and Tom replies by saying “He thinks she goes to see her sister in New York” (Fitzgerald 26). After Nick,

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