The central theme is a comparison of the corrupting influence of wealth to the
purity of a dream. Tom and Daisy Buchanan both lead purposeless lives that are filled
with corruption through wealth, while Gatsby lives his life striving towards his dreams.
They all either have no purpose in life to begin with or lose all purpose and values due
the actions of another. All of the wealthy characters, including Gatsby, use people and
things and then discard them as trash..
Tom is probably leads the most purposeless life out of the three with no career.
He spends his day's playing with polo ponies and race cars. He has one affair after
another and treats his mistresses of these affairs as if they were only toys. When he
realizes that Daisy if having an affair with Gatsby he becomes enraged and comes back to
his wife. After Daisy kills Myrtle they fleet together, neither claiming any responsibility
for her death. This all shows that Tom is leading a purposeless life with no long-term
goals or dreams.
Daisy, who is born and marries to wealth, also has no real values or purpose in
life. She spends her life floating from one social scene to the next with, with all things
about her resembling her money. She treats everyone, including her daughter, as toys that
she uses for her entertainment. She goes off and has an affair with Gatsby simply to
relieve her boredom. Even with all the money and possessions Daisy has no thoughts of
what she will do with her purposeless life.
Gatsby is the only one of the three who is not corrupted by his wealth. Although
he has a large mansion, drives flashy cars, and gives extravagant parties, he has amassed
none of it for himself. Everything he has achieved in life he has done to fulfill his dream,
to prove to Daisy that he is worthy of her. When Daisy shatters his dreams by choosing
Tom over him, Gatsby has no need for his possessions. Once he loses...
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