How Does Fitzgerald Present Money In The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby shows Fitzgerald’s view and portrayal of the effect of money on people’s lives. Fitzgerald implies that being wealthy can lead to many great things but that money is everything but happiness and even with Gatsby’s wealth and imaginative mind, he still can not satisfy the image of Daisy since she nor any other women could ever be the girl who he desires. (Durkin). Gatsby wishes that his wealth would bring him the happiness and satisfaction he desires but instead brings him to his deathbed.

Although many characters fight for wealth and wish to be wealthy some are born into wealth and inherit everything. Two of these characters are Tom and Daisy Buchanan. Tom, a sturdy man with a racist heart, gained his wealth from his enormously …show more content…

He comes back from the war looking to gain his ex-girlfriend’s heart again but creates an illusive dream of Daisy that no girl could ever fulfill. Gatsby comes back from the war and gets involved in underground work to get himself to the same class as Daisy even though he knew that Daisy could not be with a man who did such work since it would ruin her social reputation. Fitzgerald originally portrays Gatsby as being an intelligent man with a lot of money in which he can throw major parties and everyone will know him as a mysterious and intelligent man. As the novel draws closer to the edge, Gatsby is driven closer to the edge of insanity. Fitzgerald portrays the truth of Gatsby by exploiting him for not being happy or satisfied but shows that he was missing love the whole time. Fitzgerald makes it very clear that love is more powerful than wealth. Gatsby’s view of his wealth is that he is using it to secure Daisy but the more wealthy he got the less he was like his old self and what he was trying to create. Gatsby comes to a cruel reality after everything fails and reality shoots him in the back for it. “It was after we started with Gatsby toward the house that the gardener saw Wilson’s body a little way off in the grass, and the holocaust was complete.”(163). Gatsby got killed trying to defend the only thing that kept him going for the past five years and in the end he got killed for

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