Money can lead to a life of selfishness and corruption. In the book, " The Great Gatsby", explains a story of two sides, old money and new money. A character named Jay Gatsby, is the wealthiest man in the book, and he grinded for the money to be able to get his old crush back, Daisy Buchanan. Since Gatsby had devoted his life to Daisy, it would cost him his life. Daisy, who is the wife of Tom Buchanan, is a rich woman that lives an old money lifestyle shows a different side.
The Gilded Age was the time Civil War and the World War 1. It is also known for the population and economic growth that went rapidly during this time. All the good things led to a lot of political corruption and bad deals. The American political landscape during this time was more corrupt and they didn’t care about political ethics. The business owners had more power than the politicians.
The late 19th century was full of growth, production, and business. People were craving power and seemed to achieve this through any means necessary. Consequently, a new business elite formed consisting of the richest men alive. The way in which these individuals acquired all their profits is something very contradictory even over one-hundred years later. Some historians characterize these businessmen as “robber barons” who used extreme methods to control and concentrate wealth and power, and being supported by multiple sources, this statement is justified but only to some extent.
Gatsby has been obsessed with Daisy, and ready to do everything in order to get back her love, even if he needs to do illegal stuff to earn his wealth to reach her status. But Myrtle is completely different from Gatsby; she is so obsessed with being in a high social class that she would do anything in order to reach her goal even if she needs to cheat on her husband. Gatsby very quickly fell in love with Daisy but due to his lower class status never could marry her. "She never loved you, do you hear? She only married you because I was poor and she was tired of waiting for me.
Money, wealth and power have always been in the forefront of man’s greedy and selfish mind and heart. Do all these things truly bring happiness? Great men have risen and fallen due to a failure to control their urges and tame the very things that they believe will free them. The characters in The Great Gatsby all struggle with that ideal. They subscribe to the idea that money can buy happiness; when in reality, all it brings to them is misery.
“Then wear that gold hat, if that will move her; If you can bounce high, bounce for her too, Till she cry “Lover, gold-hatted, high bouncing lover, I must have you” (title page). Throughout the novel, the Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald presents Tom Buchanan as a very controlling person who believes he is entitled to many things because of his wealth. Similar to the quote, Tom’s constant need for wealth and power leads to a need and want for everything in sight. If a reader were to read this book through the Marxist lens, they would see an obvious struggle between the powerful and powerless and how that directly coincides with how much money the person with power has. The main character with power and wealth in the novel is Tom Buchanan, and he uses his control to gain power over others.
He seems to bypasses her wants there as well as in the confessing of who Daisy really loves and we never see him ask her. Allowing your own dreams cloud your vision and block others doesn’t always lead you down the best path, as he becomes very selfish when it comes to
When power is given to a person, it can change them negatively by creating an selfish and ungrateful ego. Many people who obtain authority and dominance become pompous and their superiority begins to feed their self-esteem. The lesson of power changing people is proven throughout history and is displayed in many novels and movies where the majority of citizens see power as money, and money as success. Having the mindset that being powerful leads to success causes them to under appreciate their lives and not see the goals they’ve accomplished as successes. In the classic novel, The Great Gatsby, a boy raised in a low class family becomes part of the elite upper class of New York.
Any average person would desire to be a “Gatsby” who is extremely wealthy, widely idolized, and seemingly impeccable. Indeed, what makes Gatsby great is his lavish lifestyle and self-earned wealth. However, the more one observes Gatsby, the more one realizes that his epithet is incongruous with his actual character. Not only is the major factor that makes him remarkable, wealth, a result of illegal bootlegging, but he seems to contradict his ‘greatness’ in various instances in the novel. This leaves the readers to speculate that the title of the book is ironic as Gatsby is not great because he is too naïve, pursues after a married Daisy and does not achieve the American Dream.
The 1920s was a time of flamboyance and wealth in the upper class. Jay Gatsby, a man of old money, threw over the top parties, in which he would spend his money very nonchalantly. The ambiance of his parties greatly illustrated the upper class of the time. The author uses symbolism and characterization to support the central idea that the upper class was very careless, wealthy, and extravagant. Gatsby’s parties are luxurious, glamorous, and over the top.
Fitzgerald accurately portrays the 1920s in The Great Gatsby through greed by using the characters Daisy Buchanan and Myrtle Wilson. During the 1920s the economy began to turn around and Americans felt the need to have all their wildest desires. Daisy loves having money and being high class. Gatsby even says in the novel that “her voice is full of money” (120). Daisy stays with her unfaithful husband because of his money and class and Gatsby only becomes rich because he feels the only way to win over Daisy is to be up to her standard of wealth.
Nick was also newly rich like Gatsby. He dehumanized the Buchanans in the fact that he thought of them as careless except when it comes to their image or their money. Nick Carraway, the narrator of The Great Gatsby, provides criticism of the wealthy or rather the old money. “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 had made…,” (Fitzgerald 179). In The Great Gatsby both Gatsby and Nick were thought of as poor because they were nouveaux riche rather that old money like Tom and Daisy.
She’s never loved you. She loves me” (Fitzgerald 130). Gatsby completely blind by his obsession with Daisy that he does not see that he will never get Daisy back and disregards Tom’s feelings. This shows that Gatsby does not care about anything unless it has something to do with Daisy. Not only did Gatsby lie about his parents being dead but he also lied about his name.