The carelessness that money creates allows those in power to bypass and disobey the laws because they believe their money will bail them out of trouble. Many wealthy people use their money as a reason to not take responsibility for their actions. Wealth causes the characters in The Great Gatsby to be out of touch with reality and the world beyond wealth. In F. Scott Fitzgerald's
Another example of materialism is Daisy and Gatsby 's relationship. “Daisy marries and stays with Tom because of the lifestyle he can provide her” (Wulick). This relationship is built on materialism, the only reason Daisy liked young Gatsby was because he lied to her into thinking he was rich. After he left, she went to Tom only because of his wealth and the lifestyle he can provide for her. After Gatsby came back he was heartbroken that Daisy didn’t waited for him, but he didn’t giving up.
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.
For instance, Myrtle Wilson had an affair with Tom Buchanan because he was wealthy. Evidently, Myrtle wanted to have a wealthy husband because as she talks about her wedding, she was very upset, she said, “He borrowed somebody’s best suit to get married in… I lay down and cried to beat the band afternoon”(Fitzgerald 35). Despite the harsh attack Tom had towards her, Myrtle still wanted him over her husband who loved her, but just was not wealthy. Sadly, her wishes would never come true because Tom had no intention of marrying Myrtle. The book The Great Gatsby demonstrates how the American Dream is corrupt.
Although Gatsby and Daisy had a history, he cannot come in five years later and think he can win her back from another man. Fitzgerald puts in this quote "She never loved you, do you hear? She only married you because I was poor and she was tired of waiting for me. It was a terrible mistake, but in her heart, she never loved anyone except me" (130). This is the quote that gets Gatsby killed because once Daisy admits to Tom that she never loved him, he thinks that means that she still loves him, this why Gatsby takes the
There is also irony in that Gatsby continuously tries to distance himself from his past and the lower class lifestyle, yet he spends the entirety of his life trying to rewrite his past with Daisy until he sees that she isn’t someone truly worth his love. Jay Gatsby spends his entire life pursuing a dream because of his love for Daisy Buchanan, unable to see reality. Daisy symbolizes how dreams can tempt people and blind them from the truth. Dreams often fail to live up to your expectations. Gatsby’s unfortunate demise and relationship with Daisy show that you cannot pursue dreams for the future if they are grounded in the
He has one purpose in life: to attract Daisy with his ornate house on West Egg and with his overflowing sum of money. But there is a danger for Gatsby in this redeeming purposefulness. When he buys his fantastic house, he thinks he is buying a dream, not simply purchasing property (Lewis 51). Obsessing over the certain attraction that links Daisy with Gatsby, muttering the words, "Her voice is full of money" (120), Gatsby emphasizes his growing belief that money, indeed, will entice Daisy. What Gatsby, with surprising consciousness, states is that Daisy 's charm is allied to the attraction of wealth (Lewis 50); he regards materialism as fine bait to lure Daisy into his arms.
His constant attempt to find fulfillment through others reveals a bitter truth about him: he will never be fulfilled. Due to his indecisiveness, Nick’s life is constantly at an impasse. Originally from a “well-to-do” (6) family, his life would have been comfortable, a clear path set before
Gatsby is arguing with Tom and says, “‘She never loved you, do you hear?’ he cried. ‘She only married you because I was poor and she was tired of waiting for me. It was a terrible mistake, but in her heart she never loved anyone except me!’ ”(130). Gatsby is trying to make Tom believe Daisy never loved him so Tom will back off and let Daisy go. Tom still tries to convince Daisy he loves her more than Gatsby does, even though he cheats on Daisy several
He tells Daisy “both of us loved each other all that time, old sport, and you didn’t know.” Jay left for the war and was far from Daisy but he came back a new man to win her love back. After Gatsby tells Tom that have in love with each other for five years. He just wants Daisy to leave Tom so they can leave and be with each other “It doesn’t matter any more. Just tell him the truth that you never loved him and it’s all wiped out forever.” Jay Gatsby is a good man that fights for love but the other characters use him for his wealth and pure intentions. The man would have done anything and did anything he could so he could live the life he had always dreamed of being with Daisy.