What
roles do class, power, and money play in society? Who conventionally has the
power and money? From an opposed point of view, who does not? These are
answered in The Great Gatsby that is written by F. Scott Fitzgerald and The
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. The ideologies and power hierarchies of
distinct societies have standards that contemporary individuals continue to
strive towards to fulfil social expectations. These social standards and
expectations concerning class, power, and money result in the corruptness of
the elite from illusions of class, mass control, and their morals. In the
novels The Great Gatsby and The Brave New World, the characters
demonstrate the corruptness of the elite based on power, money, and class that
begin with the illusion of class transcendence, the mass control of the
population and information, and the morals of the elite.

The
elite’s standard of behavior and beliefs regarding what is right and just is
corrupted. The corrupted morals of the higher class are evident in F. Scott
Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Tom and Daisy are careless people that do not
take responsibility for their actions. Nick writes, “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 have made.” (Fitzgerald,
170)

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Tom and
Daisy’s depraved behavior is especially shown through exploitation of a
position of power; they are selfishly and unfairly taking advantage over
society as a whole, and Gatsby personally for their own personal gain. Daisy accidently
ran over Tom’s mistress, Myrtle and she let others believe that Gatsby killed
Myrtle which resulted in Tom indirectly causing Gatsby’s death. Less than an
hour after Gatsby’s death, the couple retreats back into their money and leave
town. They suppress morals relating to issues of right and wrong and how
individuals should behave and their unmoral conscience justifies their wrongful
actions. This suggests how corrupt their morals are considering that what they
know to be right or just differ from the average person that can distinguish
right from wrong and make decisions based on that knowledge. They do not take responsibility
and justify their careless acts such as how Tom and Daisy caused the deaths of
two people.

Meyer
Wolfshiem’s standard of behavior and beliefs are corrupted as well due to money
and drugs. Tom says to Daisy, “He and this Wolfshiem bought up a lot of these
side street drug stores here and in Chicago and sold grain alcohol over the
counter.” (Fitzgerald 127)

F.
Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, published in 1926, takes place in the
summer of 1922 and therefore right in the midst of Prohibition. Meyer Wolfshiem
smuggles alcoholic beverages and illegally sells them to become wealthy. His
behavior of a bootlegger suggests that he values money significantly more than
what the law says should be done. Rather than correcting his faults of abusing
alcohol/drugs and making the right choice he consciously decides to remain in
the bootlegging business. by
imposing modern methods or values such as applying for a legal job, adapting a
more acceptable way of life and mode of behavior. This shows Meyer
Wolfshiem’s corrupted morals of money and drugs by placing them above the law
and rebelling against the government.

In
Aldous Huxley’s The Brave New World, the superior race’s primary source of
happiness is sex and promiscuity is their virtue. The state teaches the
citizens at young ages that ‘everyone belongs to everyone else’ suggesting that
one may have sex with any partner they desire and encourage behavior
characterized by casual and indiscriminate sexual intercourse with several
people.

Huxley
writes, “Outside, in the garden, it was playtime. Naked in the warm June
sunshine, six or seven hundred little boys and girls were running with shrill
yells over the lawns, or playing ball games.” (Huxley 31)

Orgy-porgy, Ford and fun, Kiss the
girls and make them One. Boys at one

with girls at peace; Orgy-porgy gives
release'(p. 73).

The
children are taught that sex is a game and they are encouraged to play from a
very young age. When these children grow up, sex becomes a devotion and way of
life, especially a self-indulgent one to attain pleasure and happiness. They
hold that sexual pleasure is the highest good and the source of their moral
values which is corrupt behavior and beliefs of hedonism that the superior race
obtains. This pursuit of pleasure is not morally good or righteous because
nobody loves each other and they have commitment issues by constantly abusing
sex and ‘feelies’ which are movies that appeal to one’s eyes, ears, and sense
of touch.  This results in individuals
not living with each other, no true love, and no marriages. 

Additionally,
in Aldous Huxley’s The Brave New World, the Alphas are in a constant state of haze
by consuming soma and alcohol. Fanny says to Bernard, “Take a holiday from
reality whenever you like, and come back without so much as a headache or a
mythology. … And do remember that a gramme is better than a damn … There was a thing called Heaven; but all
the same they used to drink enormous quantities of alcohol.” (Huxley 59)

They
are regularly in a mental and physical state where their feelings and
perceptions are vague, disoriented, and obscured due to the soma and alcohol. They
are less responsive to difficult emotions from repeated consumption of soma and
alcohol that the behavior of escaping reality when circumstances become
unpleasant is perceived as right or just; which is a corrupt moral. The
Alphas are ridding themselves of any unpleasant or difficult emotions and by neither
suffering nor opposing from a situation, no action will be taken to change or
stop the problem from recurring, this will turn into a cycle of avoidance and
fear. Additionally, they are using the displacement defense mechanism by satisfying
their impulses of frustration, desire, and sadness with a substitute object
(drugs and alcohol) which is unhealthy. This moral of denial and displacement
is corrupted and the savage, John reaffirms this.