The Great Gatsby Morality And Gatsby


The Great Gatsby: Morality And Gatsby Essay, Research Paper

The Great Gatsby: Morality and Gatsby

Morality is a very controversial issue. That is one of the reasons what

people are interested in reading about it. Morality can lead to many questions

essentially it can lead to the question between right and wrong. In The Great

Gatsby Nick Carraway is faced with a constant struggle between right and wrong.

Truth is an issue of morality. “It all happened in a minute but it seemed

to me that she wanted to speak to us, thought we were somebody she knew.”

(Fitzgerald 151) Daisy and Gatsby tried to hide the fact that they hit and

killed Myrtle Wilson while driving home from New York. Nick Carraway, however,

knew the truth and had to decide if he was going to help hide the truth or let

Daisy and Gatsby suffer the consequences. ?I don’t think that anybody saw us

but of course I can’t be sure.? (Fitzgerald 151). Gatsby felt that he could

hide the car and with it he could hide the truth. The truth is that Myrtle

Wilson was killed and Daisy and Gatsby are the ones to blame. They cannot hide

that truth.

The friendship between Jay Gatsby and Nick Carraway is a questionable

one and full of doubt. “He had seen me several times and had intended to call

on me long before but a peculiar combination of circumstances had prevented it-

signed Jay Gatsby.” (Fitzgerald 45-46) The two had lived next door to each

other for awhile however, they had never associated. Therefore, along with the

invitation to the party there was some suspicion. Jay Gatsby is a very wealthy

man. Nick Carraway, although he lives in West Egg, is not wealthy nor elegant.

The two are certainly opposites. Gatsby and Carraway are bound to take

advantage of each other.

In The Great Gatsby morality is often put to the test. In the book, as

well as real life, there are consequences that follow the actions that are taken.

Morality differs from person to person. However, there is one thing that is

the same. Morality is a judgment call determined by each person, there are no

set rules.


1. Fitzgerald, Scott F. The Great Gatsby. Simon and Schuster, New

York. 1925

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