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What moral judgment does Nick make in chapter 9 about Tom and Daisy in The Great Gatsby?

In chapter 9 of The Great Gatsby, Nick makes the moral judgment that Tom and Daisy Buchanan have lost their moral character and that they rely on their money and the help of other people to get them out of the difficulties they get into as a result.

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To properly answer this question, it is important to put it in context with the rest of the story. In Chapter 9 of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jay Gatsby has just been murdered, shot in his swimming pool by George Wilson, and Nick Carraway, the narrator, is dealing with the aftermath of Gatsby's death. Gatsby's body lies in his mansion, and Carraway wants to "get somebody" for him; in other words, he wants to find people who know and appreciate Gatsby to come to the funeral and honor him.

One of the first people Carraway attempts to call is Daisy. However, someone at the house tells him that she and her husband, Tom Buchanan, abruptly packed baggage and left without leaving an address where they could be contacted.

In frustration, Carraway contacts other people that Gatsby knew. Carraway is appalled when they all make excuses why they cannot come. The funeral is attended only by Carraway, Gatsby's old father who comes over from the Midwest, a minister, a few servants, and a man...

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