Corruption Through The Nineteen-Twenties.
What is corruption? In the dictionary corruption is defined as a change from good to bad, evil or wicked ways, bribery or other dishonest dealings, and decay or rottenness. In the novel The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, one can see how corrupt the people and society really are. Dishonesty and how immoral the people are, and how wicked society is, is only a small part of the novel. Corruption can be shown in the symbolic settings, other ever-present themes, and mostly Gatsby's dream. Corruption of people and society is a major theme in The Great Gatsby, which relates to almost everything in the novel.
The settings in the novel are important when showing us how corrupt they can be symbolically. Corruption can be shown in the symbolic settings.
This is a valley of ashes- a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens, where ashes take the forms of house and chimneys and rising smoke and finally, with a transcendent effort, of men who move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air (27). .
The valley of ashes is just one of the symbolic settings that show us how corrupt society really is. The valley of ashes represents the downfall of society. It is a decay of a society and the people who live there. The ash heaps that cover that entire part of town represents its own decay. It went from a nice place to live to a bad one, showing that the valley of ashes is a corrupt place to live. Other than the settings, corruption can be found in other themes.
Many themes exist in the novel relating to corruption. Corruption can be seen in other ever-present themes. " "I see you"re looking at my cuff buttons." I hadn't been looking at them, but I did now. They were composed of oddly familiar pieces of ivory. "Finest specimens of human molars" " (77). What kind of man wears human teeth as cuff links? Apparently Wolfshiem had no feelings for anyone (other than Gatsby).