The Role Of Money In The Great Gatsby

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Money has a powerful influence on the perception of people. Motivation can bring good things to those who have a lot of fortune. Riches is what makes the American Dream come true because it can either buy materials, love or even identity. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, makes a direct relationship between money and the pursuit of the American Dream. In the novel, money plays the role of motivation and changes in people. The correlation between money and the pursuit of happiness can be seen throughout the novel. An example is when Gatsby was throwing colorful shirts down at Daisy. She breaks down in tears, about how pretty the shirts were. “They’re such beautiful shirts, she sobbed. Her voice muffled in the thick folds. It makes me sad, because I’ve never seen such - such beautiful shirts before.” (P. 92) The quotation shows how she could have been happy and had it all if she married Gatsby, but instead she married…show more content…
Money's the motivation, because it allowed Gatsby to win back Daisy’s heart. “She vanished into her rich house, into her rich full life, leaving Gatsby - nothing.” (P. 149) This quotation shows how Daisy is a rich girl and when Gatsby was young he had nothing, which made him want to get rich, and get the girl he always loved. In addition to that, he bought a big house just to impress Daisy; He also bought up a lot of side-street drug stores in Chicago and sold grain alcohol over the counter just to get the money he needed to be wealthy. This shows how desperate Gatsby is to get the fortune, risking the danger of going to jail. Not to mention that he wants to be able to throw parties all the time, which costs money; Hoping that Daisy would just wander in someday. “I think he half expected her to wander into one of his parties, some night,” went on Jordan, “but she never did” (P. 84) Since that never worked, he decided to change who he was and his
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