Wealth In The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s literary treasure, The Great Gatsby, Money plays a significant role, in shaping the narrative and influencing the lives of both the rich and poor characters. The novel highlights how wealth carries the momentum of the book, showing how the wealthy thrive and the fortunate struggle to keep up and are just put aside. Nick Carraway describes Tom and Daisy Buchanan as careless people. They were careless people, Tom and Daisy — they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made… (Fitzgerald 179) This quote does not describe Tom and Daisy alone, but as well as a way to describe the rich people in the novel. Nick talks about Tom and Daisy as careless people due to the actions they commit. He narrates how the rich in the novel use their wealth to shield themselves from the consequences of their actions. It highlights how the rich dismiss the poor in the way money allows them to avoid taking responsibility for damages they have caused. The quote below is another evidence of how the rich avoid responsibility. …show more content…

(Fitzgerald 137) This represents the lack of concern shown by the driver, who did not stop after the accident or even attempt to help. The term “tragic” suggests the gravity of the situation and hints at the ignorance of the person behind the wheel. The person behind the wheel is Daisy Buchannan. Jay Gatz, otherwise known as James Gatsby was in pursuit of his ultimate goal. Nick talks about Gatsby’s goal; how the green light meant something to

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