Money In The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby written by Fitzgerald shows readers a furious “Jazz Age”. People were crazy about money, even taken advantage of any ways in order to possess property, violating the moral conscience or breaking the law though. People considered wealth as the symbol of success and convinced by the desire for the material that only money can make them happy; only having money, wealth, and social status can make their dreams come true. There are a variety of embodiments of money worship in this novel, as Daisy most typical. As “the golden girl”, Daisy’s life goal is the pursuit of the eternal happiness, but she insistently sets this kind of joy on money. From the auditory and visual senses, Daisy shows the personality of shallow and worldly through…show more content…
In such a materialistic world, Daisy can’t find the hope to support, and she needs to seek some "real things" for a sense of security, as a weak and bewildered woman. At this moment,“she looked me with an absolute smirk on her lovely face, as if she had asserted her membership in a rather distinguished secret society to which she and Tom belonged”(p25)But as Mrs. Daisy Buchanan, she lived with discontent, especially being painful about love life. As she told Nick that “I’m p-paralyzed with happiness.”(P13) The virtue of her marriage satisfies her own demand for wealth, status, but her heart was dominated by emptiness and ignorant. Daisy numbly enjoyed this happiness, which give her mind to that the significant of material comfort for ones who were accustomed to live a life of luxury her importance. Nevertheless, from another point of view, the marriage between Daisy and Buchanan is a combination of beauty and wealth, without true love. The satisfaction of material couldn’t take place of spiritual enrichment, so Daisy searched for spirit support——Gatsby. “Please, Tom! I can’t stand this any more.”(P176) When she learned that Gatsby was not from the wealthy institutions like themselves, she immediately returned under the umbrella of Tom that constituted by money and power. She abandoned Gates as worn-out shoes, and selected him as a victim of his own evil, which
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