Examples Of Greed In The Great Gatsby

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Money is the root of all evil. This is a very common belief among many, but it as well can be greatly supported in F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel The Great Gatsby. Fitzgerald uses the roaring 20’s, and creates a fictional setting where the lower-middle class live in middle of the middle-higher class. He focuses his story on Gatsby, a successful self made millionaire, who came from a poor background. Gatsby has a persistent dream in recuperating the love of his past lover Daisy Buchanan. Although the novel fixates on Gatsby, and his life, it is written in a personal narrative from Nick. He is the neighbor and dear friend of Gatsby, and cousin of Daisy. Daisies marriage to Tom Buchanan is what makes Gatsby's aspiring love for Daisy impossible. …show more content…

The two both come from affluent families, and it can be arguably said that Daisy’s reason for marrying Tom was primarily due to his status. With their money, the two live a luxurious life on East Egg. They are both obsessed with the title of owing money, and knowing where it originated from. Gatsby when referring to Daisy even includes that, “Her voice is full of money,” By stating this, Gatsby means that Daisy renders wealth. Yet even with being fortunate enough to enjoy the rich lifestyle of obtaining an expensive house, clothing, and servants, the two do not live happily together. Both disclose of their wrongful cheating against each other. Tom cheats on Daisy with Myrtle, and Daisy cheats on Tom with Gatsby. Money in Daisy and Tom's situation symbolizes trouble, that ruins their …show more content…

In the end of the novel, Gatsby is killed and it comes time for planning his funeral. Nick, being the kind friend he is plans Gatsby's funeral and deals with the conflict that no one is making an effort to show up. During his funeral Nick even has the minister wait for others to show up before beginning the service. He reveals to readers that he “(...)asked him to wait for half an hour. But it wasn’t any use. Nobody came (Fitzgerald 174)”. This is the conclusion of Gatsby's funeral. Out of the hundreds of people that would attend his parties, just one made an appearance. This harsh scenario proves Fitzgerald’s theme once again. Even though Gatsby hosted all these extravagant parties, that were purposely planned to show off his wealth, it never lead to friendship. Money here symbolizes wrongfulness, that cannot buy

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