Danger Of Money In The Great Gatsby

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The Dangers of Money in The Great Gatsby Money plays a big role in the lives of everyone. It can make them happy, or comfortable, but it can also be dangerous. In Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald teaches us that obsessing over large sums of money and using it carelessly can lead down a dangerous path, how it can make you blind to responsibility, strip you of your goals, and give you false hope for happiness. One of the most dangerous outcomes of having a large amount of money is that you can become blind or numb to responsibility. Shortly after Gatsby was murdered, Nick says “I called up Daisy half an hour after we found him… but she and Tom had gone away early that afternoon, and taken baggage with them”(164). Daisy and Gatsby had a bond, they had a history and were both trying to rekindle it when he died. It was Daisy and Tom’s fault that Gatsby died, Daisy killed Myrtle, and Tom sent Wilson to Gatsby, yet they didn’t even…show more content…
When Jordan says “Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay”(78) it shows that Gatsby had spent an immense amount of money on trying to just be near Daisy. He doesn’t even know if she remembers him at this point. This is also explained when Jordan says “I think he half expected her to wander into one of his parties, some night”(79). These quotes show how Gatsby thought that Daisy would come back to him just because of his money. Gatsby thought she would be impressed with his wealth, but Gatsby doesn’t come from “old money” like Tom does, and that status means a lot to Daisy because she also comes from “old money”. And Gatsby’s money isn't secure like Tom’s is because Gatsby deals with illegal money. Gatsby thought that he could break up Tom and Daisy’s marriage just because he had money. His immense amount of money led him to believe that he could rekindle a relationship that had been long
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