Great Gatsby Materialism Analysis

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“The Great Gatsby” is indeed a great classic and a remarkable book. Not only did it capture the essence of being in the roaring twenties completely, but amazingly it is also able to maintain its relevance and resonance with its audience from different time and places. The story is based on the roaring twenties. It introduces us to the “lost generation” of Americans, which has “loose moral codes” and is highly materialistic. The story follows the rise and fall of Gatsby’s American dream; which ends with tragically. It captured a cross-section of the American society and depicted its triumph and tragedy. The major reason of the success of “The Great Gatsby” today is that the book itself has a strong resonance with us in our modern time as…show more content…
From the age of roaring twenties till now, many of us are still being influenced by this issue. “PRICH” is what everyone desires. In the book most of the characters are highly materialistic. The women namely, Myrtle, Daisy and Jordan are pure personification of greed for wealth and fame. They love money and will do anything for it. In our current society, many Chinese farmers are now leaving their farmland in the rural areas to the eastern coast of China to pursue a better and easier life which is equivalent to a more materialistic life. They have been enticed by materialism in the city life to abandon their simple life in the rural area. The other example we can keep in mind is the theme of “immorality” in the book. One of the most obvious examples in the book would be Tom’s adultery with Myrtle Wilson. Tom has an love affair with Myrtle which goes against moral codes of the society. This is an issue also reflected in the current society. For example, Arnold Schwarzenegger, who admitted in public that he had a baby with his house-keeper. A good example of low morals in Hong Kong today is the telephone scam and cheating of ignorant and old people. People no longer has moral code in how they earn their
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