Gatsby : A Story of Sin
Nick acquaints us with the rich and semi famous of the story. Jordan, the golfer, Daisy, the rich cousin, and Tom, who came from riches. He seems to be okay with situation but subtly longing for more.
Gluttony / Greed
Tom and Nick venture and drink excess amounts of alcohol whilst meeting Tom's mistress
"The fact that he had one [a mistress] was insisted upon wherever he was known. His acquaintances resented the fact that he turned up in popular restaurants with her and, leaving her at a table, sauntered about, chatting with whomever he knew. " (2.3-4)
Vanity / Self Obsession
We become aware of Gatsby's excessive parties and everything he presents to the community on a day t day basis. He wants to be known,
Gatsby isn't all who he says he is. Nick finds his "work"to be shady and his "partners"are even shadier.
Adultery / Greed
Daisy and Gatsby rendezvous at his place, both with intentions of a romantic encounter
Gatsby is greedy of his own feelings he forgets about Daisy's
Gatsby does a complete one eighty and becom es so annoying. Flaunting his relationship with Daisy in the poublic and getting people riled up for no reason. Then when leavong, Gatsby and Daisy hit and kill Myrtle. Everyone thinks it was Gatsby but in reality it was Daisy.
This chapter is was full of hate, anger, deciet, and saddness. Many left unsattissfied, two lost their lives, and the people we looked up to reveal their true colors and they're not as beautful as we imagined.
"I lived at West Egg, the – well, the least fashionable of the two, though this is a most superficial tag to express the bizarre and not a little sinister contrast between them. My house was at the very tip of the egg, only fifty yards from the Sound, and squeezed between two huge places that rented for twelve or fifteen thousand a season. The one on my right was a colossal affair by any standard … My own house was an eyesore, but it was a small eyesore, and it had been overlooked, so I had a view of the water, a partial view of my neighbor's lawn, and the consoling proximity of millionaires—all for eighty dollars a month. "(1.14)
"There was music from my neighbor's house through the summer nights. In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and he champagne and the stars. At high tide in the afternoon I watched his guests diving from the tower of his raft, or taking the sun on the hot sand of his beach while his motor-boats slid the waters of the Sound, drawing aquaplanes over cataracts of foam. On week-ends his Rolls-Royce became an omnibus, bearing parties to and from the city between nine in the morning and long past midnight, while his station wagon scampered like a brisk yellow bug to meet all trains. And on Mondays eight servants, including an extra gardener, toiled all day with mops and scrubbing-brushes and hammers and garden-shears, repairing the ravages of the night before." (3.1
"He's the man who fixed the World's Series back in 1919" (Fitzgerald, 73) This quote by Gatsby about Wolfsheim implies that due to Gatsby's close relation with Wolfsheim, he was involved in his illegal business. While we do not know for sure that Gatsby gained his wealth through illegal bootlegging, it is certain that his dealings were somewhat shady
"There must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams – not through her own fault, but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion. It had gone beyond her, beyond everything. He had thrown himself into it with a creative passion, adding to it all the time, decking it out with every bright feather that drifted his way. No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart. " (5.152)
Lies & Deciet
Gatsby lies to himself and to many about who he is everyday. He's lived a fantasy for long, he's trapped in it.
tI suppose he'd had the name ready for a long time, even then. His parents were shiftless and unsuccessful farm people—his imagination had never really accepted them as his parents at all. The truth was that Jay Gatsby of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself. He was a son of God – a phrase which, if it means anything, means just that – and he must be about His Father's business, the service of a vast, vulgar, and meretricious beauty. So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen-year-old boy would be likely to invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the end. (6.6-7
Pride,/ Murder/ Lies
""It all happened in a minute, but it seemed to me that she wanted to speak to us, thought we were somebody she knew. Well, first Daisy turned away from the woman toward the other car, and then she lost her nerve and turned back. The second my hand reached the wheel I felt the shock – it must have killed her instantly." (7.396-398
It was after we started with Gatsby toward the house that the gardener saw Wilson's body a little way off in the grass, and the holocaust was complete. (8.112-114)
"I couldn't forgive him or like him, but I saw that what he had done was, to him, entirely justified. It was all very careless and confused. They were careless people, Tom and Daisy – they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together and let other people clean up the mess they had made […]. (9.136-145)
This story ends on a sour note. Gtasby, a mna who gave his luxuries to the public, was forgotten once dead. Hiis funeral was bare, while everyone went on with their normal lives. Nick called them out for the destructive people they are, but the sinners will never pay for what they destroy.
When I first started I was following the seven deadly sins from the bible. As I went furhther I realize, yes it's a part of it, but Fitzgerald isn't trying to pass a religious agenda. He was presenting us with the truth about society in a tragic story of love, sin, and death. Society is corrupt and people wiht money are the people wiith power. The people who can manipulate the world around us with green pieces of paper. They can destroy what they please and move on to the next thing to concur. Fitzgerald reminds us though that even if our world is corrupt, even if things are falling apart we still have to keep pushing forward.