Fitzgerald contrasts Gatsby’s original wishes with his dreams after meeting his true love using wasteland imagery, symbolism, and metaphor to show the ever-changing definition of wealth. At first, wealth is seen to be in its material form. It’s the ‘20s, and men are seen striving to make more money in any way possible. The difference between “old money” and “new money” is prevalent. If you’re not born into a wealthy, upper-class family like Nick was, you most dedicate yourself to making “new money”.
These differences correlate with their personality and with how Fitzgerald condemns the wealthy with old money as callous. Fitzgerald first introduces Tom to be affluent and insensitive, which follows the work’s message. Shortly after, the author introduces Gatsby to also be wealthy but this time more respected and
The Great Gatsby and Thesis Statement Money is often seen as happiness but, in my opinion, this is not true. The story shows us two perspectives, people with money and without. It is up to you to decide if money brings happiness. Even though the American dream is about fortune and freedom in combination with much money, The Great Gatsby shows us that money doesn’t bring happiness. The American dream was a vision of many people from around the 1930 's.
Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby demonstrates the materialism of the 1920’s. Materials have great importance to the events that take place but most importantly show the social classes of the characters. Gatsby fantasizes that money will bring him love and happiness; which brings him from the lower class to “New Money”. Despite his wealth, he cannot compare to Daisy’s husband Tom because they are from “Old Money”. Pursuing materials and money become deadly for Gatsby.
The Effects of Money In the passage “The Want of Money” by William Hazlitt, Hazlitt uses various rhetorical strategies to establish his perspective on money. These rhetorical strategies used offer a deeper meaning on how the lack of money affects a person’s everyday life from the way they are judged by society, how they live their daily lives, and their views on themselves internally. With the lack of money and the abundance of it comes different experiences and issues arising from its core foundations. Society often regards someone of high income with respect, love, and appreciation, but the opposite gains only suspicion, distrust, and hatred. Hazlitt explains this phenomenon by stating “it is not to have your opinion consulted or else rejected with contempt, your acquirements carped out and doubted”(Lines 6-7).
This system was developed to prevent the establishment of a monarchy. Although families with money and status were the most powerful, and said to be entitled to “the good life”, politics became a game for the rich as they took to offices with the intent of enforcing the patronage system, keeping the power of political office in the wealthiest families. Greed and extortion of power caused a breakdown in integrity as the poorer citizens were forced to get support from those with money in order to receive fair treatment. Those in office realized the monetary gain that could be obtained from politics when they began to prosper from the spoils of war. The regions with the most powerful armies gained land, money, and servants during the 500-year rise of Rome.
After Emma involuntary agrees to be Sutton, she begins to believe that wealth will gain her happiness and acceptance. The characters from both The Great Gatsby and The Lying Game feel the need to hide their impoverished identities in order to achieve the American Dream, believing the false perception that wealth is the path to an easier life, when in fact, it is troublesome and leads to a dissatisfying and untruthful way of living. The characters from both The Great Gatsby and The Lying Game, become imposters in a wealthy world. For instance in The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby, originally from the working class, is able to achieve the American Dream and becomes outrageously wealthy to impresses his past lover, Daisy Buchanan. He wants to reconnect with her even though she is currently married to one of the richest men in society, Tom Buchanan.
In the Great Gatsby, the author tells us a story about a man whose name was Gatsby, when he final became rich by his own effort, his lover can not accept him at all, people around him were just made use of his money, and they still looked down upon him because of his poor background. What a sad story! Through this story, we can learn that money is not so useful, maybe we can use money to buy a lot of things, but it does not mean rich can present everything. Gatsby’s
The major theme of the Great Gatsby is wealth, and in order to truly observe the concept, it must be seen from both sides and angles. To see the story from only the side of the rich would give an ideal and biased look into the roaring twenties, and things are never ideal in the world, for there is always poverty and suffering. His theme of the pursuit of wealth is shown early as to quickly show the reader the corruption that money could have on a person, leading them to take large risks that they wouldn’t otherwise take. When looking at Nick describing the valley of ashes, we can learn that he is not used to the environment. His use of words like “foul”, desolate”, “ghastly”, and “bleak” show that his doesn’t particularly enjoy the place, but doesn’t go out of his way to go forth and tell the reader that the Valley of Ashes is a disgusting place.
Love at First Sight According to Selvi Bunce, Love and money: An analysis of The Great Gatsby, “Jay Gatsby’s obsession with becoming upper class, alongside his twisted sense of self worth, bring to question whether or not Gatsby really does love Daisy.” This desire to have it all can lead to moral corruption in society. In the novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald explores the extravagant lifestyle of society in the 1920s, whether wealth is inherited or obtained through illegal activities. However, the story is more than a novel about wealth and the American dream to become wealthy. It is a love story about Jay Gatsby, a military man, who desires to win back the love of Daisy, a beautiful, wealthy married woman, and the consequences
From the “rags-to-riches” dream, to becoming a rugged individualist, America’s dreams exceed pure commercialistic desires. However, any of these alternative versions of the American Dream are based off of money in some way. The fault of the “rag-to-riches” dream lies within its objective. Similar to social mobility, this dream relies on the poor to sit at the bottom and wish for the top, focusing on money. Even those who have reached success in this dream and become enormously wealthy still only care about their wealth.
The era that makes this possible, and gives America the potential to be a great country, is the Progressive Era. The Progressive Era was the era that destroyed many things that the big industrialist liked having (i.e. monopolies) (Whitehead, 2016). The changes in the Progressive Era were not a result of the big industrialist changing their minds, because they like having things that were latter banned in the Progressive Era. The robber barons got rich by cheating the poor people who were either their worker or their customer.
Most of their decisions are based off personal benefit. The Great Gatsby contains rhetorical queues, such as logos, ethos, and pathos, that validate that the pursuit of “The American Dream” transforms society into greedy, heartless people. At this time, people only thought about social status because that determined who you partied with and how much money you had. Since World War I caused such a disruption in the world, it could easily be said that is why people developed this type of mentality. “Real riches are the riches possessed inside,” which is a characteristic that all of these people in West Egg