Theme Of Motivation In The Great Gatsby

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Motivation is a theoretical construct used to explain behavior. The definition of Motivate is the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way. Motivation is a big factor in people’s lives; Especially in the lives of the characters in the novel The Great Gatsby. In The Great Gatsby, money is a huge motivator in the characters relationships and it leads to bad outcomes. Most of the characters reveal themselves to be really greedy and their motivations are guided by their desire for money and expensive things: Daisy marries and stays with Tom because of the feeling of security he gives her, his high class, and wealth. Myrtle has her affair with Tom due to be freed from her husband, and Gatsby lusts after Daisy as if she is a prize to be won sort of like a trophy. After all, her voice is “full of money—that was the inexhaustible charm that rose and fell in it, the jingle of it, the cymbals ' song of it. . . . High in a white palace the king 's daughter, the golden girl. . . .” (7.99) Fitzgerald In the beginning of the book, Nick establishes himself as someone who has had a lot of favor in life. Nick has a wealthy family and an Ivy League education to name just two. Even though Nick is not as wealthy as Tom and Daisy, his second cousin, they see him as rich enough to invite him into their home in Chapter 1 in the novel. If Nick were just a middle-class Average Joe, the story wouldn’t have the same outcome as it is now. Tom
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