Furthermore, since the American Dream is corrupt, it affects the characters’ lives and makes them corrupt. Moreover, the West Egg, which represents the newly rich demonstrates how the American Dream is corrupt. The West Egg is represented mostly by Jay Gatsby, who is one of the main characters. Mr. Gatsby was in love with a girl named Daisy Buchanan. Mr. Gatsby was willing to do anything for her and he wanted her back in his life, but the only thing is, Daisy is already married.
This shows that to people money matters so much they would go to measures of spending massive amounts of money to gain what they desire most. Second, Myrtle's desire for money compelled her to cheat on George and go for Tom because he's rich. This shows that people with a crave for money would go so far as to be unfaithful to their spouse. Finally, Daisy "began to cry stormily" at Gatsby's "beautiful shirts," (Fitzgerald chapter 5 pg 92) because she heavily admires and is impressed with his fortune. People who get emotional and get overwhelmed by someone's wealth must extremely admire them.
Happiness, one of the hardest words to define. To some people, they believe that they need a lot of money to be happy. While on the other hand, others think having many friends or being with your family is the way to happiness, not money. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book The Great Gatsby, a man named Jay Gatsby believes that if he has a lot of money and living extravagantly that he is able to buy happiness which is his love for Daisy. And also Myrtle who demonstrates this by having an affair with Tom so he could buy everything she wants.
The characters portat different tiers of greed. At the highest tier, so to say the most greedy, is occupied by Tom and Daisy Buchanan. Tom and Daisy are arguably the most greedy people in the whole novel. They did not have to make their way up the ranks as Tom was born into a rich family and daisy also being born into a wealthy family. Daisy is in love with Gatsby, but as war comes Gatsby has to serve his role in it.
Gatsby believes that wealth is the only way that he will “gain respect” (47) from Daisy so he acquires money by whatever means possible. The need to become wealthy for Daisy, drove Gatsby to the point of getting involved in “illegal activities (123) in order to become rich for Daisy. On the other hand, Daisy Buchanan determines who she will marry by how much money a person has. When Daisy was young, she has a relationship with Gatsby, but breaks it off because he does not “have enough money” (112). She then decides to settle on Tom, who is “abusive” (23) which Daisy tolerates due to the fact that Tom is extremely wealthy.
I agree that while I was reading chapter one it did focus on the setting and how it described their social class and wealth in the story. I noticed how the people that lived in East Egg, like Tom, seemed to be very pompous, selfish, and fake. People like Nick Carraway that lives in West Egg seem to be honest and do not hide themselves from society. The people in East Egg use their wealth and beautiful mansions to distract others from who they really are. I also felt that point of view was important in chapter because it showed how Nick seems to be an honest person because of the advice his father gives him.
It was a term most knew as “old rich”. While the “new rich was a social class that is used as today. As Nick had stated “I am still a little afraid of missing something if I forget that, as my father snobbishly suggested, and I snobbishly repeat, a sense of the fundamental decencies is parceled out unequally at birth”(Fitzgerald 11). By Nick saying this he had meant that money isn't the only thing that some people are born to. Some people are naturally well with manners and more loyal and they have more sense of the fundamental morals.
He has one purpose in life: to attract Daisy with his ornate house on West Egg and with his overflowing sum of money. But there is a danger for Gatsby in this redeeming purposefulness. When he buys his fantastic house, he thinks he is buying a dream, not simply purchasing property (Lewis 51). Obsessing over the certain attraction that links Daisy with Gatsby, muttering the words, "Her voice is full of money" (120), Gatsby emphasizes his growing belief that money, indeed, will entice Daisy. What Gatsby, with surprising consciousness, states is that Daisy 's charm is allied to the attraction of wealth (Lewis 50); he regards materialism as fine bait to lure Daisy into his arms.
He always seems very aware of the poverty he experienced earlier in life, and attempts to wipe all of that out by gaining wealth. Gatsby, over the course of 3 years, earns enough money to become part of the “new money” class. He then throws extravagant parties and buys expensive possessions to give him the appearance of belonging to the “old money” class. He does not quite make the transition, however, and their remains a barrier between Gatsby and Daisy, who is very comfortable with her “old money” status. It is clear from Gatsby's experiences, that money cannot guarantee that a person will change their social
“I do, I do like him,” “She replied, with tears in her eyes, “I love him. Indeed he has no improper pride.” (Austen, 316) Obstacles found their way to hurt this couple not just only their pride but also in the way his aunt tries to control him because of her social class. They feel she is not to the social class for Darcy, she is in it for the social class raising. The families are worried about finding someone in the right social class, “But it is very likely that he may fall in love with one of them and therefore you must visit him as soon as he comes in.” (Austen,6) In this novel Austen makes it sound like love can conquer even the most difficult