Obsession can blind you, it can stop you from paying attention to the possible mistakes you can make because you are so focused on your goal you don’t think about anything but that. In the novel “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, a fiction novel, published on April 10th 1925. Fitzgerald shows that Gatsby’s obsession with his of idea Daisy led to temporary successes that eventually led to failures. His obsession with the idea of what he thought of was the perfect Daisy led to his illegal money making business; his obsession with Daisy also led to him having no real friends and thirdly, no true love. Firstly, Gatsby’s obsession with Daisy led to his successes that eventually led to failures of money.
He also has an impulse to buy expensive items, including a brand new car, that aren’t a necessity to him (326-327). Donald, through his religious and generous nature, obtains a sense of fulfillment. As it is clearly stated in “The Rich Brother,” Donald believes that he has a “purpose in life” while Pete is not aware of his (328). Both Donald and Pete are considered “rich,” but the two brothers hold different definitions of the word. Pete is regarded as “rich” because he has great deal of money, and Donald is considered to be rich because of his kind, generous, and religious nature.
“A pair of stage “twins” who turned out to be the girls in yellow” (Fitzgerald 51). With yellow shown to portray as gold and status of wealth, having the girls wear yellow does just that in showing how rich and lively his parties were specifically hinted at and pointed out by Fitzgerald. Overall Fitzgerald likes to incorporate the color yellow into the parties to show how vibrant and rich they were. Throught the Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald likes to incorporate the use and play with colors to give the reader a hint of symbols throughout the book especially yellow in this
‘You 're worth the whole damn bunch put together.’” (The Great Gatsby, 154). This is one of the last things that Nick has ever said to Gatsby before he is eliminated by George Wilson. While Gatsby was in love with the image of Daisy and falling even deeper in love, Nick was falling for Gatsby’s image in a sense. He stopped caring about his strong abhor of the wealthy East Egg crowd considering Gatsby was West Egg and New Money. He did not hold the general arrogance that those of Old Money did.
This simple fact always rings true. The rich rule. If this is so, why is Scrooge not living lavishly and happy, given his abundant wealth. This is because wealth and greed are not the same. In the beginning of this book, Scrooge would rather hassle families and bring misery to the community than to spend the money he already has on a nice Christmas.
Without even considering Nick’s insight, Gatsby immediately dismisses what Nick has to say. Again, Gatsby is making an attempt to separate himself from Nick on the basis that he belongs to an elite social class while Nick does not. In both of these quotes, Gatsby speaks to Nick in a snobby, patronizing way. Gatsby’s constant need to reaffirm his own position regarding affluence shows that he, himself, does not entirely believe in his high social standing. Gatsby used to be very poor, but obtained an excessive amount of wealth at some point in his life.
Dick Slagle and Holden form a love-hate relationship. Slagle has very inexpensive suitcases which he is embarrassed about. His embarrassment results in hiding his own suitcases and removing Holden’s, so he seems wealthy. Holden states it depressed the “holy hell” out of him. He acclaimed, “…I kept wanting to throw mine out or something or even trade with him” (Salinger 141).
A main theme in the book is that all the people are very materialistic and today materialism is still a factor. Jay Gatsby would still be very popular and envied because of his wealth. There are people out there still today just like Daisy that value social status and money over morality. Just like in the book the economy is very good currently in the United States and people are spending more than ever. If one did not know Jay Gatsby they would think he was a self-centered rich man, but, he did not care about money.
“Let's Drink!” “We should party!” “Let's have the time of our lives!” This was the attitude of most people during the 1920’s. It was a time all about partying and spending money. The book, The Great Gatsby, highlights these concepts in many places throughout the book. This is particularly apparent when we are introduced to Jay Gatsby and his lifestyle in the beginning of the book. Many of the parties he held at his home were full of young, carefree spirits which the 1920’s are known for.
Billy Knight had somewhat of an inconceivable magnetism and a face so piteous that he managed to bring out the humanity in every stranger that happened to saunter past his spot on Sixth Avenue. As they got closer to his dishevelled figure, boisterous conversations fluttered into silence and dove-like coos as men and women from all walks of life subconsciously reached into their pockets to drop him a coin or a prayer. “You need this more than me,” they would say. That wasn’t true, Billy was actually quite wealthy, having been an anaesthetist in his younger years, or, as he called it, “a dream inducer.” He just enjoyed sitting alone on cool cement ground and watching in his weary jacket as people passed him like factory smoke among cars and
The Great Gatsby written in, 1917, takes place in a time much different from ours. Everyone was in pursuit of happiness; an idea Thomas Jefferson promised everyone American when he signed the United States Constitution. The pursuit of happiness my friend has many shapes and forms, one of Greed and Lust for wealth and women. The rich thought they totally outclassed the "poor" and would often classicize them. In Chapter 6, Tom says, "By God, I may be old-fashioned in my ideas but women run around too much these days to suit me".