American Dream Honors
7 December 2012
The Downfall of Morality
Every decade of American history brings new technology, ideas, and exceptions. The 1920’s was a time of rash choices, parties and illegal practices. This change by how the people viewed their lives, as well as the way they viewed the importance of morality. Before the Roaring Twenties the American people were very traditional in their values. In the twenties, however, these traditional values seemed to be devalued. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald helped to portray the moral degradation happening throughout the time through its three main characters.
All through the twenties, people’s morals seemed looser than they had been in the previous decade. Daisy, a woman of low morals, is one of the most superficial characters in the book. Daisy is a prime example of the affect of moral decadence. The decisions that she makes on her own, which are few, are for the most part based in one way or on money. “It was full of money-that was the inexhaustible charm that rose and fell in it, the jingle of it, the cymbals’ song of it… High in a white palace the king’s daughter, the golden girl” (Pg. 120) Daisy is a very material person. She needs to have money. She was very much in love with Gatsby, but because he wasn't wealthy, she married someone who was. Daisy focuses on the outward rather than the inward. Daisy is not able to fend for herself nor take responsibility for her actions. She also has a daughter at home who she chose to have but is rarely mentioned throughout the book. FIND QOUTE. A nanny is raising Daisy's daughter, Daisy feels no obligation to her daughter. The only time that Daisy actually acknowledges her existence was when she wants to show her off. Daisy is obviously morally bankrupt, and she hurts many people throughout the book and yet doesn't regret any of her actions.
Tom's inconsiderate and self-centered attitude suggests his ethics were tampered with...