Jaleel Louis Mrs. Kierez Period 2 December 14, 2017 Title: The Great Gatsby In the book, "The Great Gatsby", F. Scott Fitzgerald explains a story about money, love, and hollowness of the upper class. Corruption and carelessness is seen throughout the story, the cause of that is from money. Can money really change someone? The Great Gatsby has characters that express either wickedness or honesty, which are Gatsby, Tom, and Daisy. Money can lead to a life of selfishness and corruption.
At first when Gatsby told Nick that Daisy’s voice was full of money, he did not understand, but he later realizes that it was true. This quote compares her to the Golden Girl which she is known to be throughout the plot. She is wealthy and speaks like success and all the things that men desire in the 1920 's.3 Daisy is a manipulative person who only cares for her well being and how she wanted/expected her life to play out. “She had told him that she
When first describing Daisy Buchanan and Jordan Baker, he writes, “They were both in white, and their dresses were rippling and fluttering as if they had just been blown.” Fitzgerald purposefully describes Daisy as pure and beautiful in the beginning of the novel to emphasize her corruption as the book progresses. As Daisy’s character develops, the reader discovers that she is not wholesome at all, even having an affair with J. Gatsby while married to Tom Buchanan. The ironic use of the color white when describing the upper class is Fitzgerald’s way of criticizing the wealthy (Schneider 247). Yellow is also used in this manner. Gatsby’s car, a symbol of his affluence and extravagance, doubles as the weapon used to kill Myrtle Wilson, Tom Buchanan’s mistress.
This suggestion that her voice is dripping with money proves that she desires more, for she displays her status in any way possible. Tears come to her eyes as she catches sight of Gatsby’s expensive shirts from England. In order to get her American Dream, Daisy needs Gatsby’s wealth which conquers Tom’s inferior amount of money. If Daisy leaves Tom for Gatsby, a domino effect will take place on all of her status, positive reputation, and how the high-class people will view her. Between a rock and a hard place, Daisy finds herself caught in everything she wants and the consequences she can not handle that will come with her nuclear
Firstly, Gatsby’s obsession with Daisy led to his successes that eventually led to failures of money. Gatsby understands winning over Daisy he must impress her with money. Therefore, he starts illegal affairs (bootlegging) to become rich. Gatsby wanted to become rich enough so Daisy can love him and want to be with him. This quote for example shows that, “The one on my right was a colossal affair by a standard-it was a factual imitation of some hotel de ville in Normandy with a tower on one side spanking new under a thin beard of raw in, and a marble swimming pool, and more than…”(pg.11).
Throughout the novel, several characters in The Great Gatsby are negatively affected by their money or desire to gain money. Lower class Myrtle Wilson develops a relationship with the wealthy Tom Buchanan, while Gatsby becomes obsessed with becoming wealthy in order to win back Tom’s wife Daisy. Ultimately, Gatsby, Myrtle, and her husband George end up dying, while Tom and Daisy flee and start their lives over. Tom and Daisy’s wealth was alluring to both Gatsby and Myrtle, but their wealth ended up costing them their lives. While the concept of being wealthy seems wonderful, Fitzgerald reveals to the audience that wealth may not be as great as it
“’I know you didn't mean to, but you did do it. That's what I get for marrying a brute of a man’” (72), and he does not seem to care much about her. Daisy confused love with wealth, “’She wanted her life shaped now, immediately – and the decision must be made by some force – of love, of money, of unquestionable practicality’” (151), therefore, Tom easily bought her love with “’a string of pearls valued at three hundred and fifty thousand dollars’” (76). Daisy’s incontrollable passion for wealth overtakes her identity causing conflictions within her life. Daisy thought she had everything desired in the American
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, The Great Gatsby, although still a marvel in literature today, has more than meets the eye. Underneath all of Jay Gatsby’s extravagant parties and wealth disputes, Fitzgerald attempted to tell the struggles of his personal life through his work. The Great Gatsby portrayed many aspects of Fitzgerald’s life, the biggest portrayal is Daisy as a representation of his actual wife, Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald. In the novel Daisy lives a very materialistic and luxurious lifestyle, is a very flimsy lover, and quotes Zelda’s actual words. Both Zelda and Daisy lived very materialistic and luxurious lives.
In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, the obsession with wealth and love ruined the American dream/ the Characters lives. “Myrtle has her affair with Tom due to the privileged world it grants her access”(Wulick). One of the main examples of wealth destroying a character 's life is Myrtle 's story. Myrtle is the wife of a lowly mechanic in the valley of ashes. Myrtle is taken away by the enormity of Tom Buchanan 's wealth and is instantly attracted to him.
This shows that to people money matters so much they would go to measures of spending massive amounts of money to gain what they desire most. Second, Myrtle's desire for money compelled her to cheat on George and go for Tom because he's rich. This shows that people with a crave for money would go so far as to be unfaithful to their spouse. Finally, Daisy "began to cry stormily" at Gatsby's "beautiful shirts," (Fitzgerald chapter 5 pg 92) because she heavily admires and is impressed with his fortune. People who get emotional and get overwhelmed by someone's wealth must extremely admire them.