Albert Einstein, a german physicist who changed the way the world thought about many things, once said, “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” Happiness can be brought about by many different means, but many people might agree that money brings happiness. In the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald there are many examples in which depending on money for your happiness, led to the destruction of said happiness. Myrtle Wilson and Jay Gatsby are two characters in the novel with a vastly different amount of money and share very similar ends to their lives. Money enticed these characters to seek out the glamorous life that can come with it. Money did bring joy to their lives, but it was …show more content…
She grew to resent her own husband for being poor and unable to provide her with the lavish things Tom gave her. When talking about why she had married her husband when she seems to dislike him so much Myrtle explained, “‘I married him because I thought he was a gentleman,’ she said finally, ‘I thought he knew something about breeding but he wasn’t fit to lick my shoe.’”(pg. 34). Myrtle assumed that her husband, George Wilson, was a man who would be able to provide for both of them and wanted to live a comfy life. As time went on she realized that Wilson was actually just a poor man with a defeated attitude. This resentment grew more when she met Tom, a man who carried himself with authority and threw around money with no care in regards to whether or not he’d run out. Quickly she fell in love with him because he had money and acted the way she thought a man should act. Tom smothered her with gifts and she felt like a queen, but unlike Gatsby, she wasn’t trying to impress anyone. Gatsby wanted to have a lot of money so that he would be accepted by the society his love belonged to and lead Daisy to accept him too. At the time in which this novel …show more content…
Before meeting the man who would show her what living with a lot of money was like, Myrtle was just a simple woman. Her life might’ve been very monotonous, but at least she was living a good enough life. Some might argue that money did bring her a lot of happiness and didn’t destroy her happiness, but that is wrong because her infatuation with living in riches is what causes her to die, destroying any happiness she could have ever experienced in the future. The narrator states in chapter seven that Myrtle while speaking to George Wilson exclaims, “‘Throw me down and beat me, you dirty little coward!’" A moment later she rushed out into the dusk, waving her hands and shouting before he could move from his door the business was over.”(pg. 137). She ran out trying to get the attention of Tom Buchanan who she assumed was driving the vehicle and ended up getting killed. If she hadn’t fallen for this man and his money because of how wealthy and handsome he was, she’d likely still be alive and happy. Money seems to only have brought stress and sadness to Gatsby. Throughout the novel, Gatsby is seen to always be taking phone calls from people who presumably work with him, even when he is at parties or trying to relax. In chapter eight of The Great Gatsby, Nick Carraway is planning Gatsby’s funeral when he receives a call from someone
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Myrtle Wilson is looking for superiority. To begin, Myrtle is described as a “woman in the middle thirties and faintly stout,but she carried her flesh sensuously as some women can.” By reading this quote one can tell that Myrtle is an aggressively attractive woman. She 's the wife of George Wilson, who is a lower-middle class man. In order for Myrtle to achieve superiority, she needs to attract Tom as he’s the gateway to her superiority and gaining of socioeconomic status.
“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…” (179). F. Scott Fitzgerald portrays the overwhelming of wealth and the sense of higher social status through many character relationships in The Great Gatsby. Jay Gatsby represents the wealthiest man in Long Island, who fell in love with the more affluent, Daisy Buchanan. Tom Buchanan, Daisy’s husband, also depicts a wealthy man, but less classy as he has an affair with the unprosperous Myrtle Wilson, George Wilson’s wife. “Money is the root of all evil.”
During chapter 2, when Nick arrives at Myrtle and Tom’s apartment, Myrtle discusses about her regrets about marrying George and says “I knew I made a mistake. He borrowed somebody’s best suit to get married in, and never told me about it”(Fitzgerald 35). It really shows where Myrtle’s heart is for George. She just looks for money in man. It’s ironic though, while she uses her love to deceive George, her love is also deceiving her because Tom claims that “Daisy catholic and don’t believe in a divorce”(Fitzgerald 33).
Life with more money that one can imagine appears to be the best possible way to live. But people in this situation can agree that this is not necessarily the best possible way to live. It appears that Gatsby has his life all set, but once he is rich, his life in regards to love and other people’s point of view shows that he is really on a path that leads to a lonely and melancholy life. In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, society in the Roaring Twenties believes money is the true key to happiness. Gatsby proves them wrong because even with the myriad of wealth, he lives a miserable life.
Money Can’t Bring Happiness While many feel that money can’t buy happiness Gatsby’s, idea was different. In the novel The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald displayed a powerful example of why people shouldn't go to money for joy. Gatsby exhibits a person who is hiding how he became the wealthy man he is, as a result of that he loses everything.
I was so excited that when I got into a taxi with him I did not even know I wasn't getting into a subway train. All I kept thinking about, over and over, was 'You can't live forever, you can't live forever”(Fitzgerald 36). It is odd to go with a man without knowing his name and job. This illustrates that Myrtle sees his clothing and then judges him as a wealthy man. That is the reason that she was so excited to go into a taxi with him.
Has anyone ever said money cannot buy happiness? That money can make each and every person truly happy? In The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby discovers that just because he has money and lots of it, does not mean that he is going to be happy. People thought if they had money they would be happier and all of their life’s problems would be solved. Little did they know or not know, it would not solve any of their problems.
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.
Money cannot buy the American Dream. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s use of the color green throughout the novel The Great Gatsby shows that all the money in the world is not enough to buy the American Dream. Gatsby is introduced as “new money” during the post war period of the 1920’s. His American Dream is to buy social status and recapture the love of Daisy, but it is an unattainable hope.
The Destruction of the American Dream The American Dream for many individuals, is a goal. Some achieve it, others result in failure. So what is the American Dream and why does it seem so appealing to the average person? The American Dream is the idea that anyone can work hard and achieve wealth and success in America.
“Money can’t buy happiness” is the saying that is often used to make one understand that there is more to life than wealth and money. For example Tom is living a lavish life so as it seems in the book , He has a beautiful wife he doesn’t have to go work as it seems in the story, dand he
“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.” (Thoreau). The men in The Great Gatsby are not fishing as an outdoor sport, but they are after the same thing, respect. Men take pride in the respect they recieve. A man’s pride is something that is taken very seriously.
Just like Daisy, Myrtle chooses money over love. She cheats on her husband George with Tom. Myrtle was a woman from the lower class who desired to be a part of the higher class. Tom spoiled Myrtle and gave her the lifestyle she always wanted. She belittles her husband and talk bad about him because he is not at the top of the social ladder where Tom is.
The unusual chain of events that occurred in The Great Gatsby would be life changing for anybody, yet it proves that money cannot buy happiness. Money might be able to buy things that make you happy, but it’s about the feeling you get that brightens up your day… It’s not about contemplating which of my five hundred pairs of Prada shoes should I wear today? Money can buy you all the shoes you want, but it still won’t give you happiness. It was unfortunate that Gatsby was killed because, he believed he could achieve happiness through love. In the end, Gatsby’s money is what got him recognized and led to an inevitable fate.
Within The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald presented Myrtle as a character who was unaffected by true love and craved extreme wealth. Many people like Myrtle in the 1920s felt having lots of money meant being able to live a luxurious and happy lifestyle. They refused to accept the idea of a simplistic lifestyle and always anticipated more. Fitzgerald’s writing revealed more than Myrtle constantly insulting her husband’s situation. He exposed the corruption of the “new” American Dream and the relationships it destroyed as a