In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald illustrates the theme that money cannot buy happiness, using material objects throughout the novel to represent the rich characters tendency to prioritize wealth. The theme is demonstrated in the novel by Daisy’s conflict for happiness between money and love. Daisy hopes money will fulfill her just as love does; therefore, she makes her fateful choice to place her life in the hands of her money, and money cannot sustain all which love can.
In an attempt to win Daisy back from her lifestyle of “Old Money”, Gatsby becomes excessively greedy with his money. While he himself may not care about wealth, he knows Daisy does. Therefore, when Daisy comes to his mansion, he flaunts his expensive shirts. “‘They’re such beautiful shirts,’ she sobbed, her voice muffled in the thick folds. ‘It makes me sad because I’ve never seen such—such beautiful shirts before.’” (99) In this moment, Gatsby makes it clear to Daisy that he could easily provide her with the same lifestyle she shares with Tom. Once Gatsby captures Daisy’s affection, he becomes full of greed and doesn’t want to believe she ever gave any of her love to Tom. “He wanted nothing less of Daisy than that she should go to Tom and say: ‘I never loved you.’” (118) When Daisy states “‘Even alone I can’t say I never loved Tom,’ (142), Gatsby begins to feel a “touch of panic” (142). All of his parties, stories, and entire persona were all fabricated to win Daisy back. Yet, his greed does not falter, and Gatsby refuses to believe that Daisy will not be
According to the oxford Canadian dictionary the definition of irony is, “the expression of meaning using language that normally expresses the opposite.” I will discuss some instances were irony takes place within The Great Gatsby by F. Scott. Fitzgerald. Some of these examples of irony are Gatsby’s huge parties for Daisy, Tom’s two lovers, and Daisy’s car crash. Ultimately, irony is used by the author to convey the idea that actions can lead to grave consequences.
He acts as if he is a father and is entitled to tell others how they should act. Tom only thinks about himself and how his wealth allows him to feel superior to those around him. Gatsby is a mysterious man who is blindly in love with Daisy. The only thing he cares about is for Daisy to come to him. He spent the past 5 years making money to show that he worthy of her and that he can be a wealthy man as well. Everything he does is to win Daisy back which is clearly outlined in a conversation that takes place between Jordan and Nick, “’It was a strange coincidence,’ I said. ‘But it wasn’t a coincidence at all.’ ‘Why not?’ ‘Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay.’” (Fitzgerald 78). Although Gatsby does not seem to be a selfish man on the surface, his intentions and success may. He builds a ginormous mansion and throws extravagant parties all to get Daisy and her love back. Gatsby does all this for his good since all it consists of is having Daisy all to himself. The corruption and obsession of wealth is displayed through the characters Daisy, Tom and Gatsby as they live their lives in
Daisy Buchanan is a woman who needs constant affection. Jordan Baker, a friend of Daisy, narrates, “In June she married Tom Buchanan...he gave her a string of pearls” (Fitzgerald 75-76). Jordan acknowledges that Daisy married Tom even though she promised to wait for Gatsby because she could not stand being lonely. Money was also a huge factor; it was evident that Tom was rich. Daisy could have married the man that she truly loved if she was not wealthy. It is easy for a wealthy person to not care about other people and live an extravagant life. After he meets up with Tom, Nick declares, “...Tom and Daisy – they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness... let other people clean up the mess they had made” (Fitzgerald 179). It was ironic that even Nick, a person who was “inclined to reserve all judgment” (Fitzgerald 1), was able to see how money had made Tom and Daisy careless and lazy. Nick also notices that Daisy and Tom had disappeared right after Gatsby’s death. Daisy and Tom were wealthy enough to move out of Long Island, while they made everyone else solve the problem that they had left behind. It is easy for rich people to become weak and only focus on
In Tom and Daisy’s relationship, it shows that money can ruin relationships but if you see past that barrier of money there are little pieces of love that stand out more than money. However, at the end of the day Tom and Daisy have money, are united, but they are not happy with each other. Gatsby’s relationship with Daisy includes both money and love. By this Fitzgerald is suggesting that it is possible to have love, however, it leads to difficulties because you can either have the dedication of Gatsby trying to get what he wants and never give up, or you can accept reality and realize how you will not be able to achieve your
Fitzgerald in the novel, uses careless individuals who would destroy everything and everyone and yet still manage to retreat back to their money. Daisy Buchanan, the ‘golden girl’ is rather dishonest and deceitful throughout the novel. As she starts having her affair with Gatsby, she creates unrealistic expectations in Gatsby head about their future together. As Gatsby is having drinks at the Buchanan’s, Tom leaves the room and Daisy kisses Gatsby and declares, ‘I don’t care!’ At this point, the audience realizes that Daisy is and always was in love with Gatsby and that she was prepared to leave Tom. However, in chapter 7, during the confrontation, Daisy quickly rethinks her decisions and states, ‘I did love him once – but I loved you too’. As Gatsby hopes and expectations of them being together breaks the audience starts to comprehend that Daisy contradicting statements is purely because she is afraid to leave Tom. Tom came from a wealthy family and was highly respected in society. Daisy knew that life with him would be luxiourous and entirely satisfactory in terms of respect and wealth. In addition, the author is trying to convey to the audience that Daisy is too secure in her marriage with Tom to even consider leaving it. In the 1920s, women’s role was to usually to leave off their husband’s wealth. They wanted all the materialistic comforts money can provide which lead to lies and deceit through
Has anyone ever said money cannot buy happiness? That money can make each and every person truly happy? In The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby discovers that just because he has money and lots of it, does not mean that he is going to be happy. People thought if they had money they would be happier and all of their life’s problems would be solved. Little did they know or not know, it would not solve any of their problems. Money truly cannot buy happiness. Throughout The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby finds out that money will not be able to buy back his true love, money cannot buy friends and it is inferred that others cannot find satisfaction through money.
Most people are unique and diverse in their definition of happiness. There are no guidelines to set the boundaries as to what each person considers pleasant, or worth pursuing. These differences are sometimes due to the varying levels of wealth, family histories, and an individual’s past. Nonetheless, though individuals have different definitions of happiness, the ways in which they pursue it can often be the same. For instance, in the novel The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, most of the major characters seek happiness in a similar manner; however, their endeavours are unsuccessful. This is because they are trying to recreate happiness which they have experienced in the past, rather than focusing on opportunities in the present. Fitzgerald
"But above the gray land and the spasms of bleak dust which drift endlessly over it, you perceive, after a moment, the eyes of Doctor T.J Eckleburg" (Fitzgerald 23). These eyes are more than what they appear to be. They are mounted on a billboard that watches over the Valley of Ashes, which stands between West Egg and New York City. This location is what makes Dr. T.J Eckleburg's eyes so significant and important to the book because the idea of watching over a grey and decayed society is how it relates to today. F. Scott Fitzgerald, the author of the popular 1920’s novel, The Great Gatsby, only mentions the eyes twice throughout the entire story, which leaves an impression that is key to understanding the novel. Dr. T.J Eckleburg's eyes are
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.
The rain present at Gatsby's funeral echoes, drip drip. As the book ends with Nick's final thoughts, Fitzgerald is adamant about creating a melancholy tone that is omnipresent, as a great man is taken away before his time. The Great Gatsby is an incredible book by F. Scott Fitzgerald that shows off its impressive literary prowess through its revolutionizing storytelling. The Great Gatsby has a myriad of characters that have great significance throughout the book, but what transforms them into surreal characters is the remarkable way Fitzgerald can control every detail in each scene. Fitzgerald makes The Great Gatsby revolutionary by laying down the mood as if it were a thick blanket of snow. The mood
“And what's more, I love Daisy too. Once in a while I go off on a spree and make a fool of myself, but I always come back, and in my heart I love her all the time” (Fitzgerald 138). These words, spoken by Tom Buchanan in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby, exemplify the personality traits that are omnipresent throughout the novel. Tom is Daisy Buchanan’s husband whom she marries after her first love, Jay Gatsby, leaves for the war. Gatsby later tries to reconnect with Daisy, much to the dismay of Tom. Fitzgerald utilizes the characters of Gatsby and Tom to create parallels and highlight certain characteristics in both men. Tom and Gatsby are similar in that they both are very wealthy and love Daisy, each in their own way. While they share this similarity, there are a myriad of differences between the two. Tom is a racist, is part of the old money society, and does not face judgement for his actions. Gatsby has criminal wrongs rather than moral wrongs, is part of the new money society and dies as a result of his actions. In addition, Gatsby made his fortune through illegal activities, while Tom inherited his wealth through his
Unfortunately, she can never be genuinely happy. Why? Daisy finds out that the man she married was the wrong one. Tom, her husband, is keeping secrets from her. At dinner time, Tom got a call from some woman and Jordan, Daisy’s good friend, claims that the woman is who Tom is sleeping with. Jordan says, “She might have the decency not to telephone him a dinner time. Don’t you think?" (Fitzgerald 20). Throughout the novel, it is clear to see that their relationship is not a happy one. Tom seems to be abusive towards Daisy and evidently does not care much for her. But despite that, Daisy thinks, or likes to think, she has everything. Her “everything” includes the wealth, love, and the happiness, which all ties into the American Dream. She thought she has all she wants but is slowly realizing she has nothing. Not to mention she has a child, who does not seem important to her at all. When her child was born Daisy said, “I’m glad it’s a girl. And I hope she’ll be a fool, that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful fool" (Fitzgerald 22). Daisy is basically explaining that there are limited possibilities for women. The baby has to be beautiful in order to be successful and have happiness. Back in the 1920’s, women only married solely for the money, not necessarily for the love. Daisy thought she married Tom out of love, but realized it was all about the wealth. Gatsby is someone Daisy truly loved.