Examples Of Materialism In The Great Gatsby

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In the Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, we follow the storyline from Nick’s view of Jay Gatsby. It explains the connection and history between Mr. Gatsby and Daisy, the love interest. Mr. Gatsby’s dream was to marry Daisy and live in a lovely house with lots of money and time available. At the time, that was considered the American dream; A life like no other, and nothing could compare. In the end, ultimately Jay Gatsby was murdered and Daisy left. Throughout the novel, we can examine many examples that showcase the death of the American dream and the selfishness that results from materialism, greed, and jealousy.
By definition, materialism is the belief that having money and possessions is the most important thing in life. (Cambridge Academic Context Dictionary). Materialism exerts the mentality of an object is the same, if not more, valuable than life. In the Great Gatsby, one example of a materialist is Mr. Gatsby’s former friend, Klipspringer. Klipspringer, who used to often live at Gatsby’s mansion, calls Nick asking to bring him his tennis shoes rather than attend Gatsby’s funeral. Even though Mr. Gatsby and Mr. Klipspringer were friends for many years, Klipspringer only admired his money and parties. The effort to obtain …show more content…

Occasionally, we may feel happy, upset, or even jealous of each other. Jealousy can twist relationships and alter our choice-making skills. Tom’s mistress, Myrtle, presented jealousy towards Tom’s wife Daisy in many instances. In chapter 7, Myrtle expresses jealousy when she sees Tom and Jordan in the car together, assuming it's Daisy. It is even theorized that Tom is Jealous of Mr. Gatsby for the reason of his connecting relationship with Daisy. Jealousy consumes the mind and leads us to make risky actions, such as when Myrtle runs out to the car resulting in her death. Myrtle’s and Daisy's desire for the American dream with Tom was shattered by their own jealousy and Tom’s

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