The extravagant house parties that Gatsby throws are for the sole purpose of attracting Daisy’s attention, but since she never attends them, he has no reason to take part in the festivities; his guests barely know a thing about him and base their judgement off of rumours. As a result, Gatsby is socially awkward and timid; he lives within his own perception of the world and is driven solely by his pretentious
“Absolutely real--have pages and everything. I thought they'd be a nice durable cardboard. Matter of fact, they’re absolutely real” (Fitzgerald 45). He was so surprised because the regular rich man would fill his upper shelves with fake cardboard strips of wood that looked like books, so that they wouldn't have to waste their money on real ones. Gatsby does not know how to act like a real rich person, causing him to be prodigal with his money.
Gatsby throws a large extravagant party with many guests including Nick who was invited. As Nick observes everyone and the party he notices "Gatsby, standing alone on the marble steps and looking from one group to another with approving eyes"(50). Gatsby throws a huge party every week that he probably puts a lot of money into. This image of Gatsby watching as everyone is having fun symbolizes Gatsby's unhappiness. He can't even enjoy his own parties because he believes Daisy will just walk in but she never does so all of that money goes to waste and it does not bring him his happiness.
Through Gatsby's parties and Daisy's wealth the theme, people are not as happy as they seem, is well conveyed Part of the reason why Gatsby is so great is because of is prodigality. Even though he throws all these parties, he is not completely satisfied deep down. Gatsby’s true feelings are showed various times throughout the book, especially because of Daisy. “An hour later
Gatsby has very extravagant parties that many people from New York attend. However no one knows how Gatsby can afford all these parties and how he got the money he did. Gatsby meets Nick at one of his parties and offers to take him to lunch. Gatsby’s work partner Wolfsheim starts to talk about work related things but Gatsby quiets him down quickly “oh, no, he exclaimed this isn’t the man!”(Fitzgerald 75). Gatsby wears his mask to hide his illegal work and the way he got his money.
The mansion symbolises what Gatsby would doing personally, but he lets his mansion do all the work. Throughout the story when Daisy gets closer into Gatsby’s grasp the mansion starts to change, according to the decisions he makes. Gatsby’s mansion symbolizes a trap, that is waiting to catch its
Impact of Love and Money in The Great Gatsby “ There are people so poor the only thing they have is money.” The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is about a guy named Nick Carraway who moves to West Egg in search of a better life. Nick becomes friends with his neighbor, Jay Gatsby, and later on finds out that he had a past relationship with his cousin, Daisy Buchanan. Daisy left Gatsby for her husband Tom Buchanan because he was rich. Gatsby became a bootlegger and got a mansion across from her house. Nick reunites them and they fall in love again.
She was wealthy and married a wealthy man. She could never leave her husband for less. She certainly wasn't the type of woman to fall in love with a poor man. Gatsby did many of the things he did in order to get to Daisy. The best evidence of this might be his wild parties.
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.
The author of the novel portrays new money individuals as flashy and trying to impress others with their wealth and possessions. By way of illustration, Gatsby drives a flamboyant yellow Rolls Royce and wears pink suits, which shows his attempt at showing his wealth. Old money, on the contrary, depicts individuals who have elegance, etiquette, and are old-fashioned. The old money crowd doesn’t spend their money on new luxuries or showy possessions and instead are more careless about their actions and hurting others. To give an example, Tom goes out to lunch with Nick and his mistress and flaunts her every second he gets, not caring whether Daisy finds out.