Another dominant symbol within this novel is the billboard eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg. The eyes symbolize the loss of spiritual values in America. The eyes symbolize the growing of America and how life in America is all about making money. A lot of money is demonstrated by the wealth of people like Tom Buchanan. A man’s success is measured in terms of how much money he is worth, not on what kind of person he may be on the inside.
The idea of living within a high class society and the illusion of control becomes appealing to many. Perhaps this is a tactic they use to lure more people to follow them? For instance, George Wilson’s wife, Myrtle has an affair with Tom Buchanan because she was attracted to his wealth and she dreamed of living a life full of excess. “The modern individual is produced by a power that individualizes precisely in order to better control (1470).” In this case, it is apparent that the wealthy individuals went to great lengths to acquire substantial wealth so that they could oppress the disadvantaged members to meet their societal goals. Furthermore, Tom and Daisy’s relationship is similar to the teacher-judge concept.
Also, the authors reflect on how spouses can impact someone’s wealthy. Often, the spouses of millionaires are more frugal than their partners. It is very difficult to become wealthy in one generation if someone is married to people who are wasteful. Some people cannot accumulate wealth during their lives because they support their lavish lifestyles. The authors advise people to never buy a home that requires a mortgage that is more than twice of your total annual income.
Although Nick is not as wealthy as Tom and Daisy, they see him as enough of a socially acceptable person to invite him to their house. Nick’s relative connection to Daisy, in turn, makes him attracted to Gatsby, who he has not yet met. Nick has been hand delivered an invitation to one of Gatsby’s huge parties, and unlike everyone else, he decides to go because he was actually invited. At the party, Nick is seated with a man who recognizes him and starts talking to him about the war he was in and thus being the start to a new relationship. What Nick didn’t know was that the man he was actually talking to was Gatsby.
. Major themes that were constant throughout Scott’s writings were those of “wealth, youth, and beauty”. Fitzgerald’s writing of the Great Gatsby focused on binging of various items or ideas. In every activity that the character Gatsby took a part in, he binged. He drank excessively, only the most superb drinks of course, or he served large amounts to large quantities of people.
The period from 1865 to 1900 was characterized by an astronomical boom in industry and manufacturing, economic growth for the rich, financial turmoil for the poor, and political corruption. As a result, the era has been named “The Gilded Age.” Just as something gilded is gold on the outside but worthless metal on the inside, these years seemed prosperous from an outside perspective, when in reality, the wealth gap was increasing at an alarming rate and big business had power over government officials. As a result of this, a lot of federal legislation was influenced by monopolies and often catered to the desires of businessmen. Since regulation of certain business practices would cause these trusts to lose money, Congress shied away from regulating
The first Question is why don 't the wealthy people in The Great Gatsby don’t have a American dream that they can try and achieve? The Answer is because they have all the money they could ever want. Ever dream that they have or had they already achieved it because of the money that they were born with. The next Question is why are the wealthy people in the book hollow why don 't they have feelings for others? The answer is simple, it 's because of the money and how they live.
There are many themes exist in the novel of The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald. The most significant theme in this novel is the American dream. The meaning of the American Dream is someone who starting low on the social level or economic, which then working hard and try their best towards wealth and fame. In other word, it stand for one’s independence to strive in order to achieve desired wealth and fame with hard work, but it ends up being more about selfish and materialism pursuit of pleasure. American dream is achieve when a person having a car, money, big house, happy family and nice clothes.
It is also described as ”the less fashionable of the two” implying that old money, which is inheritance from rich families was thought of as better. We know that Nick lives where nouveau rich people live and he is involved with upper class activities although he ives in small bungalow because he is not rich enough to afford one of the big mansions that surround him. ”My house was at the very tip of the egg, only fifty yards from the Sound, and squeezed between two huge places that rented for twelve or fifteen thousand a season. The one on my right was a colossal affair by any standard — it was a factual imitation of some Hotel de Ville in Normandy, with a tower on one side, spanking new under a thin beard of raw ivy, and a marble swimming pool, and more than forty acres of lawn and garden.” Knowing that his house is at the very tip of the egg and in between two very large mansions, his humble abode is ignored and unimportant compared to the surrounding houses. His bungalow seems like a malplaced house in a place where it does not belong, like Nick
This novel shows the lack of social skills in newly made millionaires such as Gatsby that cannot even pick up on an invitation to lunch. This book was enjoyable to read because it set in when America was becoming an economic superpower and it was relatable in some ways. Jay Gatsby was someone that went from rags to riches which happens more often in the 21st century. Gatsby was a pioneer of coming from poverty into millions of dollars. This shows the American Dream as advertised.