Examples Of Materialism In The Great Gatsby

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Money and materialism From bright cars to lavish parties, The Great Gatsby studies the seductive power of materialism and the dangers of chasing wealth. Set in the roaring twenties the novel explores the themes of wealth and materialism and shows the consequences of a life diverged from everything but wealth. In the novel, we witness the characters' relentless pursuit of money and material possessions in an attempt to feel better and live better than everyone else. However, the novel also argues that while money can indeed buy access to these things, it cannot buy true happiness. The Great Gatsby’s central theme shows us how wealth and materialistic gain is the downfall of one's values and relationships, reality, and obsession. Although Tom …show more content…

The characters in the story are consumed by their desire for money, status, and material possessions, and their lives revolve around the pursuit and acquisition of wealth. Fitzgerald reflects the American dream through the character of Gatsby displaying him as the model to follow for the American dream, he’s got the money and freedom to do what he wants when he wants. Fitzgerald conveys through Gatsby's character that despite achieving wealth, the materialism of the American Dream does not guarantee happiness. As the story progresses we start to see cracks in his perfect American dream, and he crumbles down from the unsurmountable weight his illegal actions brought upon him and he dies. Fitzgerald incapsulates Daisy as Gatsby’s American dream with “His heart beat faster and faster as Daisy's white face came up to his own. He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God. So he waited, listening for a moment longer to the tuning fork that had been struck upon a star. Then he kissed her. At his lips' touch she blossomed for him like a flower and the incarnation was complete.” (Chapter 6 pages 110,111) He had been accumulating ideas and expectations for a long time, and he believed that once he kissed her, everything he had built up in his mind would be true. His imagination of Daisy was incomprehensible, and the moment of physical contact, or the "incarnation," would represent the culmination of all his mental creations. He would finally experience his American dream, the reality of kissing her. Fitzgerald also uses the color green to symbolize Gatsby’s American dream, in the quote “But I didn't call to him for he gave a sudden intimation that he was content to be alone--he stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious

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