Throughout ‘The Great Gatsby’ Fitzgerald presents the idea that the wealthy people are spilt into two distinct groups. The first group are the characters born into wealth, for example; Tom and Daisy Buchanan and Jordan Baker. These are the characters that come from generations of wealth and have the ‘easy life’. They do not work, nor have to worry about anything other than themselves. They have security and ‘peers’ whom share the same taste as them. These are the people that are classed as ‘old money’. Furthermore, the other group are the characters that have worked for their wealth or have little wealth to their name, for example; Gatsby, Nick Carraway, Myrtle and George Wilson. These characters all work for a living; they do not have the …show more content…
Gatsby is the classic example of the American dream, which is shown from his routine featured in chapter 9; ‘practise elocution, poise and how to attain it’, which is example of the American dream due to the fact that it is a sign of self-improvement; he is planning out his life to better it and become more successful. The American dream is the American way of life which strives to be wealthy and successful. Although Gatsby is wealthy, in the Buchanan’s eyes Gatsby’s money is worthless and Gatsby will always be classed as poor. This allows us to deduce the difference between the wealthy and the poor to determine the more genuine characters. Gatsby’s love for Daisy is genuine, throughout the play Fitzgerald portrays Gatsby’s infatuation with Daisy as sincere. This could also be argued that Gatsby was more obsessed than in love with Daisy as Fitzgerald’s portrayal of Gatsby is highly compulsive and excessive at some points throughout the novel. This is presented from ‘Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay’ which shows that Gatsby is so obsessed with Daisy, he brought a house just to be near her. Despite being obsessive, I believe that Gatsby’s love for Daisy is genuine due to the desire to be with her. In this case Gatsby is more genuine than the ‘old money’ group of wealth due to the idea that Gatsby’s sincere love is …show more content…
Gatsby genuine when it comes to his love for Daisy, however when it comes to his identity, there is a lack of authenticity and truth behind his words. Comparing Gatsby to the ‘old money’ society of wealth, both Tom and Daisy create a very good comparison. Daisy is the least genuine character within the novel, she is selfish and very unreliable, she portrays herself as loving when she acts as if she loves Gatsby however, and she does not care for him at all which is proven from her lack of attendance at his funeral. In the contrast Tom genuinely loves Myrtle, which is shown from his reaction when finding out she is dead. This suggest that Fitzgerald purposely made the genuity of the characters debatable between readers as it gives the book a topic of discussion as well as the reader will be able to decide for themselves if they believe each character is genuine or not. Overall, I believe that the poor people and the wealthy people are equal in how far they are genuine. Both sides have an equal argument for being either genuine or fake so I believe it is up to the readers interpretation if the poorer characters are more genuine or not. In my opinion I believe that neither the wealthy nor the poor are equal than one
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Daisy only cared about Gatsby because she thought he had the wealth she searched for. However, even when Gatsby bootlegged alcohol to become wealthy, Daisy still betrayed Gatsby, because Mr. Buchanan inherited his money meaning his wealth is much more stable, which, again, displays that Daisy left Gatsby due to her selfish desires. Also, when Gatsby was with Daisy five years ago, he described her as “gleaming like silver” (156 Fitzgerald). This is another indication that Gatsby never related to Daisy’s persona. He let her represent the wealth that he had always hoped to be part of as a child from a poor background.
The Connection of Wealth and Personality in Fitzgerald’s Works In our society, money is seen as the most important factor in decision making and in our overall lives. This is shown throughout all of Fitzgerald’s works and in many of his characters. His stories continually mention the effect that money has on the community. In one of her criticisms, Mary Jo Tate explains that “[Fitzgerald] was not a simple worshiper of wealth or the wealthy, but rather he valued wealth for the freedom and possibilities it provided, and he criticized the rich primarily for wasting those opportunities.
Fitzgerald provides plenty of scenes in The Great Gatsby supporting the ideas whether Gatsby’s love was affectionate, obsession, or objectification. Fitzgerald shows that throughout the story, Gatsby slowly becomes more obsessed with Daisy as he draws closer and closer to be with her. By the end of the book, Gatsby becomes obsessed with Daisy. He only thinks about her and analyze everything in her life. Even in the beginning when the reader finally meets Gatsby, his obsession shows.
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a novel that tells the story of love affairs, the american dream, and the battle between old money versus new money. The main problem of the novel is the fight for Daisy’s heart. Daisy is married to Tom Buchanan, and their love is fading away. Tom is having an affair with Myrtle Wilson, while later on Daisy is having an affair also with Jay Gatsby. The Buchanans come from old money, while Gatsby comes from new money.
In The Great Gatsby the characters in the novel come from various social classes. Nick, Daisy, and Tom are from Wealthy families who have been wealthy for a long time. These characters are referred to as “Old rich” because of their families’ long histories of wealth. Jay Gatsby, unlike Daisy and Tom, did not belong to a wealthy family, and he earns his wealth through his own hard work and success. Although Tom and Gatsby are both wealthy, Tom and the other “Old rich” people look down at Gatsby.
Humans, by our very nature, are always striving to achieve more in life. Unfortunately, our materialistic society, and that of the Roaring Twenties, interpret this as striving for wealth. That pursuit often becomes all-consuming, eventually hindering our pursuit of gratifying life goals. In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald depicts wealth as a fraudulent thief whose pursuit must be abandoned for the sake of tangible fulfillment. He illustrates the dangers of attempting to find gratification in wealth through the life of Jay Gatsby, who ironically sacrifices morality, identity, and love in order to gain wealth, which he attempts to use to justify his claim to these very things.
The American Dream suggests that every American citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work. One of the major ways that Fitzgerald portrays this is by alluding to outside events or works of literature specifically from that time period. Another major relationship that develops in The Great Gatsby is between Tom and Daisy. F. Scott Fitzgerald alludes to things such as the World’s Fair and “The Love Nest” to display the eventual dismantling of Tom and Daisy’s relationship. Both of these separate plots consolidate under the idea of Gatsby trying to become the epitome of the American Dream, as seen through his strive for a “perfect life.”
Gatsby could go for any girl that is considered old money, but he only has eyes for Daisy because that’s the only girl he has ever gone for. While he was in the war, Daisy was the only girl he had ever loved, therefore, she was the only girl that he has ever tried to be with. Due to this, he has consumed his life around her and does not want to change his ways. “‘ Her voice is full of money,’ he said suddenly.” (The Great Gatsby page 120).
Gatsby says “Her voice was full of money.” This shows that he associated his love with Daisy to his pursuit of wealth and power. He wants Daisy because of the wealth that she represents. Gatsby wanted Daisy more than anything else. He could not move on.
Part of the American dream is finding love and raising a family. Gatsby’s hard work was fueled by the dream of Daisy. Gatsby had never loved a girl like this one. He was so infatuated with her that he even said, “Her voice is full of money," (Fitzgerald). Gatsby loves his money and ultimately just to hear her voice brought extreme emotion to him.
Bang! Bang! Those could be the last sounds you could ever hear if you have been too obsessed with money . All of the people in the Great Gatsby love money and it turns out that the money betrays them. In F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby it proves that no matter how much you have money can't buy true happiness.
What is a man without his wealth? Some will say nothing, others will say something. Some argue that people who inherit their money would be nothing. An example of this is the Kardashians or Tom Buchanan. Tom inherited all his money from his family and hasn't made a dime of it.
The Negative Influence of Wealth Wealth and prosperity are the core of living a lavish lifestyle and having a successful life. However, money can influence people into debauchery. In the book, The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald introduces to us to some of the dangers of being rich. Most people in the Great Gatsby were very privileged, and they lived a lavish lifestyle.
In the novel The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald characterizes the 1920s as an era of decayed social and moral values. One of the major themes explored in this novel is the Hollowness of the Upper Class. The entire book revolves around money including power and little love. Coincidentally the three main characters of the novel belong to the upper class and throughout the novel Fitzgerald shows how this characters have become corrupted and have lost their morality due to excess money and success and this has led them to change their perspective towards other people and they have been portrayed as short-sighted to what is important in life. First of all, we have the main character of this novel, Gatsby who won’t stop at nothing to become rich overnight in illegal dealings with mobsters such as Wolfsheim in order to conquer Daisy’s heart.”