Nick is just a normal man living in the lavish area of Long Island surrounded by mansions of the newly rich. The main character Jay Gatsby is neighbors with Nick, and lives across the bay from Daisy Buchanan which is no coincidence. Jay lives his entire life trying to win back the love of his life Daisy. F. Scott Fitzgerald portrays Jay Gatsby as a man who is obsessive with love and will dedicate his life to his obsession. Jay is charming yet mysterious, he throws lavish parties with hundreds of people yet no one has ever seen Gatsby.
He always seems very aware of the poverty he experienced earlier in life, and attempts to wipe all of that out by gaining wealth. Gatsby, over the course of 3 years, earns enough money to become part of the “new money” class. He then throws extravagant parties and buys expensive possessions to give him the appearance of belonging to the “old money” class. He does not quite make the transition, however, and their remains a barrier between Gatsby and Daisy, who is very comfortable with her “old money” status. It is clear from Gatsby's experiences, that money cannot guarantee that a person will change their social
In Matthew Little’s article “I Could Make Some Money”: Cars and Currency in The Great Gatsby, he mentions that he monetizes things, including the people close to him. “ he chooses to monetize is not paper, but Daisy herself. Even in the early stages of their relationship, part of his attraction to Daisy arises from his considering factors akin to the laws of supply and demand that influence a commodity’s price: That many men have already loved Daisy… increases her value in his eyes” (Little 20). Gatsby looks at life through money, he has made money the center of his life to win Daisy over but in the process he gained a money centered view on life. Gatsby gave up so much to try to win Daisy.
Everything except love that is. Gatsby could give her love at the time, but not money. After Daisy moved on, Gatsby set out to make his millions to win her back. Gatsby meets her years later and gives her a choice of money or love. Daisy reveals her true colors by pursuing the
He had to make his own money by selling and dealing drugs and is now a very wealthy man. Tom didn’t have to work for his money. His family was very rich when he was born and he hasn’t had to work a day in his life. The book makes really good points that have examples of privileged characters. Tom Buchannen is a very rude and disgusting character in my opinion.
Cornelius Vanderbilt saw the trouble coming. By 1873, the 79-year-old "Commodore," as he was called, was no stranger to risk: calculated bets with steamboat and railroad companies had made him by far the richest man in America. But he was wary of overexpansion by the railroads in the West, skeptical of economic weakness abroad and loose credit at home, and disdainful of the new "gang of stock speculators in Wall Street"—which included some of his own clan. When big banks began to fall on Sept. 18, 1873, he immediately understood what was wrong. "There are a great many worthless railroads started in this country without any means to carry them through," he told a reporter that evening.
This novel shows the lack of social skills in newly made millionaires such as Gatsby that cannot even pick up on an invitation to lunch. This book was enjoyable to read because it set in when America was becoming an economic superpower and it was relatable in some ways. Jay Gatsby was someone that went from rags to riches which happens more often in the 21st century. Gatsby was a pioneer of coming from poverty into millions of dollars. This shows the American Dream as advertised.
Warren G Harding was a man most historians revile. He is known for the “Ohio Gang”, a group of his friends that he put into power in the United States government, simply because they were his friends. This was probably not the best idea, as one of his friends leased government land to oil barons for a huge sum of money. Jess Smith, another friend of his was bootlegging, which meant that he was smuggling Alcohol while the prohibition act was in full swing, as well as “influence peddling, and other nefarious activities” (Anthony 1). Harding also was somewhat of a ladies’ man, and the fact that he was married did not slow him down one bit.
Gatsby's wealth was always a dream while Tom's wealth was always reality. Daisy being with Tom will secure her a spot in the famous and respected "old money" society whereas her being with Gatsby she will be surround by people like him with "new money" who wants to be accepted by those with "old money". Just like Daisy, Myrtle chooses money over love. She cheats on her husband George with Tom. Myrtle was a woman from the lower class who desired to be a part of the higher class.
First of all, we have the main character of this novel, Gatsby who won’t stop at nothing to become rich overnight in illegal dealings with mobsters such as Wolfsheim in order to conquer Daisy’s heart.” What thoroughness! What realism! Knew when to stop, too –” this quote is from the first party that Nick attended at Gatsby’s house, and there are a lot of rumors about Gatsby which he has created for himself. A very important character in this part is the Owl Eyes who helps “expose” Gatsby’s fake appearance emphasizing the hollowness of the wealthy and once again suggesting that the creation of a perfect appearance is the best that can be hoped for. He notices that all of the books in Gatsby’s library are real, however they are all uncut.