This poem is about using materialism to win over the affection of someone, which is exactly what Gatsby tries to do. To begin with, the first glance we get of Gatsby is his extravagant parties. Gatsby uses parties to show off his wealth, hoping that it will grasp Daisy 's attention. "On week-ends his Rolls Royce became on omnibus, bearing parties to and from the city between nine in the morning and long past midnight, while his station wagon scampered like a brisk yellow bug to meet all trains" (39; Ch 3). Gatsby throws extravagant parties to try to give off the illusion that he is old money.
In The Great Gatsby , Gatsby uses his money to get Daisy's attention to satisfy his desire. All throughout the novel the characters act on their emotions before thinking. People getting overwhelmed by their emotions is bad. Emotions that overpower people can result in violent actions. In the story, Mr. Wilson was devastated when Myrtle was murdered, he eventually seeks after revenge which results in Gatsby's death.
Tea Cake and Janie headed to the Everglades in hopes of Tea Cake finding a job. The money he earned would be used to get them whatever they pleased. When they arrived, “To Janie's strange eyes, everything in the Everglades was big and new. Big Lake Okechobee, big beans, big cane, big weeds, big everything” (Hurston 129). Most people would probably consider the Everglades rundown and ugly but Janie saw it positively.
Citizens sacrifice relationships to obtain these materialistic objects and it shows how morbid an average lifestyle has become; especially after the twenties. “The Great Gatsby” written by F. Scott Fitzgerald simulates these materialistic habits. To summarize the book, Nick, the narrator, moves to East Egg near New York City and is neighbors with Gatsby. He (Nick) gets caught up in the drama between Myrtle Wilson, Tom Buchanan, Daisy Buchanan and Gatsby. Gatsby is madly in love with Daisy and spends his abbreviated life in a desperate act to get her to leave Tom and be with him.
That was when she found her two hundred dollars was gone” (Hurston 118). Janie had so quickly fallen for Tea Cake and because of her past with Joe, being abused, trusting that Tea Cake would return and have her money was difficult for her to wrap her brain around. In Janie’s past relationships, the men would not let her do any of the normal labor built for a man. She is to stay in the house and do what women were expected to do, clean and cook. Janie is eager to help outside and Tea Cake is the first guy to let her do so.
And also Myrtle who demonstrates this by having an affair with Tom so he could buy everything she wants. While money could buy temporary happiness, it doesn't mean it will last forever. In the book, Myrtle sleeps with Tom even though she is married to Wilson. Just so Tom will buy everything she wants. For instance, “She had changed her dress to a brown figured muslin which stretched tight over her rather wide hips as Tom helped her to the platform in New York.
“The Valve” by David R. Slavitt supports the negative results of Jay Gatsby’s attempt to chase Daisy and the past, which is an unrealistic dream. In the book F. Scott Fitzgerald uses Jay Gatsby as a symbol of a lost American Dream in the 1920s. In the book after the gatsby returns from the war with money he tries very hard to get Daisy so he buys a house right across the bay (green light represents daisy), he throws big parties hoping she would wander in, and he does illegal business with meyer wolfsheim so he can get a lot of money to attract daisy. In the book, Jay Gatsby tends to live his life in the past, So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past (Fitzgerald, p180). In this quote Fitzgerald is trying
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.
This reaction is strange because it is though that Daisy would have cried tears of joy that Gatsby is now back while she was at Nick’s house for tea and not over his materialistic objects in his home. Daisy is crying over his money and how she had the opportunity to wait for Gatsby years ago but instead married Tom. Since Tom was from old money and Daisy had knowledge that he could support her expensive and shallow lifestyle that she has been catered to her entire life. Another character that represents the corruption throughout the novella is Tom Buchanan. He flourishes in a lifestyle of absurd wealth empty of all morals.
Gatsby, was always trying to impress people with his fancy cars and always hosting parties, it was like he was searching for something that he just could not find. It was not until Nick moved next door and his cousin Daisy returned to Gatsby’s life, that Gatsby finally felt no need to be what everyone else wanted him to be, only what Daisy always needed. The love affair between Jay Gatsby and Daisy was so vividly portrayed in this story and Gatsby thought for sure this love he had for her would end his search to fill his void. You see, the only reason he had ever started his fame to fortune was to only be able to support her one day. Daisy was in a loveless marriage and Gatsby thought it his duty to try to save her for himself because he