What is more valuable, love or money? In the novel the ¨The Great Gatsby¨ written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, there is old and new money, Gatsby who is the main character in the novel comes from the side of new money. Gatsby finds out that his money can buy: a beautiful home, nice cars, friends, however; his wealth cannot buy the one thing that he wants most. Fitzgerald is conveying that money cannot buy certain things. Gatsby's rise and fall throughout the novel show that money isn't what makes a person happy.
Marcus Bewley, author of “F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Criticism of America,” believes that the novel, The Great Gatsby, “offers some of the severest and closest criticism of the American dream that our literature affords.” In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald criticizes the American Dream by proving that it is unachievable. Fitzgerald does this through telling the story of Jay Gatsby’s struggle toward his American Dream, from Gatsby believing money was the answer, he wanted to go back in time, and he was stuck in a false reality. In order to achieve his American Dream, Gatsby believed that he could rely on his wealth. Gatsby’s house is described as, “a factual imitation of some Hotel de Ville in Normandy, with a tower one side, spanking new under a
She is the final piece in his American dream. Gatsby could go for any girl that is considered old money, but he only has eyes for Daisy because that’s the only girl he has ever gone for. While he was in the war, Daisy was the only girl he had ever loved, therefore, she was the only girl that he has ever tried to be with. Due to this, he has consumed his life around her and does not want to change his ways. “‘ Her voice is full of money,’ he said suddenly.” (The Great Gatsby page 120).
The Great Gatsby is not simply a story of Jay Gatsby’s undying and misguided love for a Daisy Buchanan. The novel, The Great Gatsby, encompasses a number of themes, the most significant one is the disillusionment and corruption of the American dream. The ability to obtain prosperity such as happiness, or a car is what comprises of the American dream. It is a belief that anyone who is self-sufficient, or who is a hard worker can obtain this dream regardless of their social standing. In the book, the facade of a dream appears to be at the tips of Gatsby and Myrtle’s fingers but this “pursuit of happiness” sentiment is in actuality impossible.
There are many themes exist in the novel of The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald. The most significant theme in this novel is the American dream. The meaning of the American Dream is someone who starting low on the social level or economic, which then working hard and try their best towards wealth and fame. In other word, it stand for one’s independence to strive in order to achieve desired wealth and fame with hard work, but it ends up being more about selfish and materialism pursuit of pleasure. American dream is achieve when a person having a car, money, big house, happy family and nice clothes.
Empty Lives: The Absence of Love in F.Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby “Love is when the other person 's happiness is more important than your own” (H. Jackson Brown, Jr.). In F.Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, many characters are lacking the ability to be unselfish and sacrifice their happiness for a loving relationship. Due to the economic growth in the 1920’s, many people valued money, wealth, status, and the superficial happiness that came with those things more than a stable and loving relationship. They were willing to sacrifice their love for someone with money and social class. Even if one of the characters in The Great Gatsby was supposedly attracted to someone, it was for their status in society rather than their personality, attitude, and moral values.
Gatsby felt that wealth was [the main component behind all his problems] the main factor that was behind his problems , especially the impact it had on his relationship. However, it becomes evident that this is not the case later on in the novel. Although Gatsby had to deal with these disadvantages, he chose to lighten his life by chasing after his dreams and made the choice to never let them go. Gatsby gets to experience the true impact of chasing after an unrealistic dream. By chasing after the dream of winning Daisy’s love back, Gatsby was blinded by love which caused him to be unable to come to terms with reality and the true limitations that were in his life, this resulted in an abrupt end to his own life.
Gatsby spent the last five years on one goal alone. To reinsert himself into Daisy’s life, and now that it has happened she may not feel the same way about him that he feels about her. In Chapter 5 we finally see the connection between Gatsby and Daisy that he has been pursuing for so long.
The 1920’s base you mostly from your race and social class not to mention everyone wants to chase this American Dream. Gatsby represents a person who hard works in order to achieve his dream, but is unable to because of his social class and time. Gatsby refuses to believe that time can’t change because internally he wants things to go back like how they use to after he has gained something that use to be a weakness that prevented him from marrying
Yet, somehow even when one may seem to have everything, the luxuries; it isn 't enough. A particular character that experiences this is known as the great Jay Gatsby. He was able to work his way into wealth, but he did not feel complete; his vision was not yet accomplished. Gatsby, a determined man, needed to have his past lover by his side in order to fulfill the "American dream". In the novel, The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the main protagonist has set his own path to the American dream, and will stop at nothing to succeed it.