Greed In The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald set in the indulgent “Roaring 20’s” of post-war America highlights how individuals can be overrun by greed for prosperity which can then sequentially lead to their downfall and despair. Through the presentation of ostentatious wealth, Fitzgerald emphasises that people’s only concern at this time was chasing abundance and the sought-after ‘American Dream”. Furthermore, Fitzgerald reveals that if this overwhelming desire for success is long-lasting it can distort and destroy human’s innate need for connection with others. Finally, Fitzgerald depicts the outcome of this affluence-based mindset as the complete eradication of human connection and therefore misery and loneliness. In this way, Fitzgerald …show more content…

He shows how people in post-war America were chasing material abundance for so long that they forgot about the importance of their relationships with loved ones. After Jay Gatsby boasts to narrator Nick Carroway about his extravagant upbringing and journey of life full of accomplishments to bring him to where he is today to supposedly clear up rumours he expresses how he didn’t want Nick to think he “was just some nobody”. This being one of the first conversations between Gatsby and Nick demonstrates Gatsby's true values in how he would rather Nick view him as a successful man rather than make him a friend, displaying how his desire for fame overshadowed any possible human connection he could've made with this new person. Additionally, both Gatsby and Tom represent their true devotion to money by how they act towards their love interest Daisy. To persuade Daisy to marry him, Tom “gave her a string of pearls valued at three hundred and fifty thousand dollars”, and in hopes of catching Daisy’s attention and winning her over, Gatsby bought a house “so that Daisy would be just across the bay” and throwing over the top parties every weekend. Both of these characters show that they think the only way to form a loving connection with another person is by showering them with materialistic gifts or proudly flaunting their plethora of affluence which exhibits how they don’t truly want the love of Daisy but just the validation of being seen as rich or successful. Through these scenarios, Fitzgerald illustrates how when people continually chase after more and more abundance, they lose sight of the happiness that comes from relationships with

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