Corruption is rampant, it's everywhere, and we even see it in one of the most virtuous characters, Nick. At the beginning of the book, Fitzgerald writes,"... and so it came about in college I was unjustly accused of being a politician, because I was privy to the secret griefs of wild, unknown men"(1). Nick is burdened throughout life with the trait of being a honest man, but he is also very considerate in the way he keeps his friend's secrets. He doesn't talk to Daisy about Myrtle, and he doesn't dare mention anything about Gatsby to Tom, this is all foreshadowed from the aforementioned quote on the very first page of the novel. Anyways, because of his trait of dependability, many secrets are divulged to him, as seen by the way Gatsby trusts Nick to help coordinate a reunion with Daisy by telling sharing parts of his own past. Further evidence lies in the fact that even after Gatsby has died; Gatsby's father tells Nick extremely detailed information about Gatsby's life through sharing Gatsby's schedule. Another incident is when Tom trusts Nick to hide Myrtle from Daisy, when Gatsby trusts Nick to hide his love for Daisy from Tom. Nick is burdened with the secrets of his friends and being around all that corruption leads him to be corrupted. A general pattern starts to form where Nick's friends reveal secrets to him, and he is forced into keeping them. Nick is expected to keep all these secrets, and all these little lies start catching up to him corrupting his honesty, and in the end leading to the death of his "good friend" Gatsby.
One of the more prominent instances of corruption is seen through the relationship between Tom and Myrtle. Tom is the archetypical unfaithful husband who becomes bored of his marriage like many other men before him, and has