What are all the types of corruption in The Great Gatsby? What are examples of proof of those types of corruption? An outline is preferable. The information needs to be sufficient for me to write a...

What are all the types of corruption in The Great Gatsby? What are examples of proof of those types of corruption? An outline is preferable. The information needs to be sufficient for me to write a 7 page paper. Thanks!

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There is a corruption of marriage vows in The Great Gatsby.  Jay is in love with Daisy, who is already married.  That might be okay if he was not willing to do anything about it, but he actively tries to woo her away from Tom.  Daisy is not exactly opposed to Jay's advances either, probably because her husband, Tom, is always cheating on her.

There is legal corruption.  Gatsby did not make his fortune by following strictly legal channels.  With prohibition in full swing, he's probably involved with bootlegging on some level.  

Racial corruption exists in Tom.  In chapter one he tries to convince everyone to side with the point the book he is reading is trying to make.  The book supports racist bigotry and a society ruled by white aristocrats over other races.  

Going the money route, you can make the argument that money corrupts those people that have lots of it.  Gatsby and Tom are both crazy rich, and not exactly pillars of morality.  

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