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.
The characters portat different tiers of greed. At the highest tier, so to say the most greedy, is occupied by Tom and Daisy Buchanan. Tom and Daisy are arguably the most greedy people in the whole novel. They did not have to make their way up the ranks as Tom was born into a rich family and daisy also being born into a wealthy family. Daisy is in love with Gatsby, but as war comes Gatsby has to serve his role in it.
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
Pursuing this further, Gatsby shows off his wealth to Daisy again by flaunting his expensive clothing. At this point in the story, Gatsby shows off his money in any way that he can. Daisy states to Gatsby, " 'It makes me sad because I 've never seen such – such beautiful shirts before '" (92; Ch 5). Gatsby 's shirts are part of his lifestyle, they were made to impress others. Daisy 's world is made up of wealth and flashy materials, and when she realizes that Gatsby is now connected to money, she breaks down.
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).
And the last is The Valley of Ashes where basically where poor people lived. In Chapter 1 of the Great Gatsby, “...Tom's outburst shows that old money is insecure about the rise of new money by the time he was talking about the book ‘The Rise of the Colored Empires’, which makes old money feel as if the world was falling apart”. In this quote old money are getting replaced with new money people. Tom is being racist, saying that people who was born with wealth is better than anyone else, and
This simple fact always rings true. The rich rule. If this is so, why is Scrooge not living lavishly and happy, given his abundant wealth. This is because wealth and greed are not the same. In the beginning of this book, Scrooge would rather hassle families and bring misery to the community than to spend the money he already has on a nice Christmas.
Hollowness in The Great Gatsby Throughout the novel, you get the sense that the characters with the most money, are the least happy. Even though they appear to have everything one desires, they still want what they cannot have.Whether it be longing for the love of someone they cannot have, or being unfaithful and without morals, hollowness is portrayed in many different ways throughout the book. In this novel, Jay Gatsby is a newly wealthy man who throws the most expensive, extravagant parties. Many people believe they know how Gatsby came to be, but the truth is his that his motivation for making so much money was solely to win over Daisy, the love of his life who is married to another man. Despite Gatsby's seemingly content attitude, he still reveals his unhappiness in life when thinking about Daisy.
She then decides to settle on Tom, who is “abusive” (23) which Daisy tolerates due to the fact that Tom is extremely wealthy. The need for money drove both Gatsby and Daisy to extreme situations and provided them unpleasant circumstances. Throughout The Great Gatsby, many characters are faced with difficult situations due to the society that they live in. Gatsby is overly fasinated with Daisy which drives him to extreme levels to impress her. However, Tom is overly fixated on himself and causes the death of an innocent man.