How does The Great Gatsby promote anti-Christian values?

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The Great Gatsby doesn’t promote anti-Christian values as much as portray people who don’t seem to be leading Christian lives. As these people ultimately suffer, it’s difficult to argue that the novel promotes the values imputed to many of the characters.

In Galatians 5:22–23, Paul enumerates some of the values that he feels are associated with Christianity. These values include love, peace, joy, kindness, gentleness, and self-control. It’s reasonable to contend that the key characters in The Great Gatsby lack these values. The extravagant parties and insidious romantic affairs are neither gentle nor loving. They don’t lead to peace and joy but tragedy, with Myrtle and Gatsby experiencing ignominious deaths. By the end of the novel, Nick condemns the gilded milieu when he tells Gatsby, “They're a rotten crowd. You're worth the whole damn bunch put together.”

The absence of a happy ending indicates that F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel isn’t celebrating the behavior and priorities of these people but using them to critique a materialistic, status-obsessed American way of life. In a sense, one could claim that The Great Gatsby promotes Christian values by demonstrating what happens to people who stray from them.

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