Similarly, Nick is always swinging back and forth in his relationship with Jordan. “Jordan Baker instinctively avoided clever, shrewd men, and now I saw that this was because she felt safer on a plane where any divergence from a code would be thought impossible. She was incurably dishonest. She wasn’t able to endure being at a disadvantage.” (58). Jordan avoided clever men fearing they would reveal to her what she really was, which would not live up to her own idealized version of herself.
Throughout the novel, several characters in The Great Gatsby are negatively affected by their money or desire to gain money. Lower class Myrtle Wilson develops a relationship with the wealthy Tom Buchanan, while Gatsby becomes obsessed with becoming wealthy in order to win back Tom’s wife Daisy. Ultimately, Gatsby, Myrtle, and her husband George end up dying, while Tom and Daisy flee and start their lives over. Tom and Daisy’s wealth was alluring to both Gatsby and Myrtle, but their wealth ended up costing them their lives. While the concept of being wealthy seems wonderful, Fitzgerald reveals to the audience that wealth may not be as great as it
Empty Lives: The Absence of Love in F.Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby “Love is when the other person 's happiness is more important than your own” (H. Jackson Brown, Jr.). In F.Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, many characters are lacking the ability to be unselfish and sacrifice their happiness for a loving relationship. Due to the economic growth in the 1920’s, many people valued money, wealth, status, and the superficial happiness that came with those things more than a stable and loving relationship. They were willing to sacrifice their love for someone with money and social class. Even if one of the characters in The Great Gatsby was supposedly attracted to someone, it was for their status in society rather than their personality, attitude, and moral values.
With all of the parties and the rumors that go around him, it seems as though Jay Gatsby is a lonely man. He does not have anyone in his life and the big parties makes the readers think that that is what the parties are for. In order for him to not feel as lonely. The rumors about Jay gatsby contain that he has killed a person, went to war, is an Oxford man, and many more (“The Great Gatsby”). They are very far fetched and exaggerated but it just goes to show how much no one knows who Jay Gatsby is.
Gatsby believes money and his luxuries will bring him his one and only dream, Daisy. Tom and Daisy believe that money will be their glue for the relationship and their cover up for their problems. Throughout the novel, money is the driving force for
Throughout The Great Gatsby the relationship between money and perceived happiness is used as a cloak to shield themselves from exposing their true colors to society. When Nick first meets Gatsby in chapter 3 he sees his amazing life changing smile. “It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced--or seemed to face--the whole external world for an instant, and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor.” (Fitzgerald, 48). But right as he is looking at his smile they are interrupted by one of Gatsby 's butler 's saying that Chicago is on the line.
If he did he would have been happy, however, it ended up leading to his downfall, even if it was not his fault. Daisy could not handle the dream that Gatsby tried to force upon her, and in the end, this made Daisy choose Tom. Gatsby’s green light was never something that he could reach, no matter how hard he struggled and fought. The people he wanted to include in his dream did not hold up to his high
In F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby it proves that no matter how much you have money can't buy true happiness. First, all the people in The Great Gatsby thought that the money they had could bring them the true happiness they wanted. Tom Buchanan was the worst of all though and always thought his money could get them out of any problem. He shows this when he says, "And what's more, I love Daisy too. Once in awhile I go off on a spree and make a fool of myself, but I always come back, and in my heart I love her all the time"(Fitzgerald 140).
Most modern day critics, say that Gatsby’s lust for money corrupted his love for Daisy. Gatsby didn’t love Daisy, but was in love with the idea of having everything, the perfect life. In the end, his vast amounts of wealth could not buy Daisy’s love or even his own happiness. Gatsby filled the void in his heart by surrounding himself with expensive things, but the way in which he acquired his wealth, though not clearly stated in the novel, can be assumed he took the easy way of turning to a life of crime. Gatsby’s romantic view of money did not prepare him for the selfish and corrupt circle of people in which he would soon be associated with.
When Jordan, Daisy’s friend, told Nick about Daisy’s past, she stated that she was in love with Gatsby but she chose Tom because he was rich. Before she got married she received a letter from Gatsby and she started crying and wanted to stop the wedding. Daisy grabbed her string of pearls that Tom gave to her and stated, “ ‘Take ‘em down-stairs and give ‘em back to whoever they belong to. Tell ‘em all Daisy’s change’ her mine. Say: Daisy’s change her mine!’”( Fitzgerald 76).