Daisy could simply wait for Gatsby to come home after the war, but Gatsby comes from a less wealthy family. She meets Tom, the heir of wealthy family, and she marries him. They have such a large desire to keep their money and status that they use others as if they’re there to serve them. An example of this is, once again, how Daisy uses Gatsby to get away with killing Myrtle. Daisy also says ”I'm glad it's a girl.
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.
In the novel, “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the female characters, Jordan Baker, Daisy Buchanan, and Myrtle Wilson, throughout the whole novel, all have the same motive which is achieving their desired social position through cheating. Jordan Baker is a very wealthy and famous golfer who will do anything to achieve her goal which is very beneficial to her social position. Like Jordan, Daisy Buchanan is very wealthy as well and married to one of the richest men in East Egg, Tom Buchanan. However, when she finds real love, Gatsby, she denies it because she wants to keep her social position. Like Daisy, Myrtle cheats on her husband and had an affair with another man who is Tom Buchanan.
At first, Myrtle is just the woman helping Tom Buchanan cheat on his wife, until it is revealed that Daisy is also cheating on Tom. Myrtle is disgusted by her husband and his lack of riches and wealth and prosperity. It is stated in the book that she always felt that she was born to be sophisticated and wealthy and a participant of the upper class. Because of this, she doesn’t complain when Tom, a rich city boy, pushes himself upon her. Tom does not try to hide his affair by any means, which makes Myrtle think there is more there than really is.
However, in chapter 7, during the confrontation, Daisy quickly rethinks her decisions and states, ‘I did love him once – but I loved you too’. As Gatsby hopes and expectations of them being together breaks the audience starts to comprehend that Daisy contradicting statements is purely because she is afraid to leave Tom. Tom came from a wealthy family and was highly respected in society. Daisy knew that life with him would be luxiourous and entirely satisfactory in terms of respect and wealth. In addition, the author is trying to convey to the audience that Daisy is too secure in her marriage with Tom to even consider leaving it.
Pursuing this further, Gatsby shows off his wealth to Daisy again by flaunting his expensive clothing. At this point in the story, Gatsby shows off his money in any way that he can. Daisy states to Gatsby, " 'It makes me sad because I 've never seen such – such beautiful shirts before '" (92; Ch 5). Gatsby 's shirts are part of his lifestyle, they were made to impress others. Daisy 's world is made up of wealth and flashy materials, and when she realizes that Gatsby is now connected to money, she breaks down.
Gatsby himself realizes Daisy’s obsession with money: “‘She never loved you, do you hear?’ he cried. ‘She only married you because I was poor and she was tired of waiting for me’” (Fitzgerald 130). The quote reveals
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.
During the prohibition era, Gatsby sells liquor to gain sufficient wealth and impress Daisy enough to win her back. When she sees his tailor made shirts, she realizes how wealthy he is, and cries. At that moment, he became a way for her to get back at her unfaithful husband, Tom. After she kills Myrtle Wilson, however, she abandons Gatsby and his love, and allows him to take the blame for Myrtle's death. Gatsby pays the ultimate price for his love Daisy when Myrtle's husband, George, kills him.
I knew right away I made a mistake. He borrowed somebody’s best suit to get married in, and never told me about it, and the man came after it one says when he was out…” This statement of myrtle represents her to be materialistic person who regrets her marriage with Gorge typically because he is from a
“Million Dollar Man,” sung by Lana Del Rey describes the relationship between Daisy and Gatsby because it discloses the conflicts within their relationship and their feelings. The song title itself accurately describes Gatsby’s character because he is a wealthy “million dollar man” who is sought after only for his wealth and status. The first two lines of the song relate to when Gatsby and Daisy had to say their goodbyes because Gatsby was leaving to fight in the war. It can be inferred that during their last few moments together, Gatsby told Daisy about how much he loves her and how she is “the most exotic flower” to him because Daisy reciprocated the same feelings and agreed to wait for his return from war. The lines “I don’t know how you convince them and get them, but I don’t know what you do, it’s unbelievable,” refers to how no one is certain of how Gatsby obtained his wealth due to his business dealings being illegitimate, yet he continues to fool everyone into overlooking the truth.
For many American citizens, wealth represents the ideal American dream, something many strive for but not everyone achieves. The novel, “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is set on Long Island in the fictional town of West Egg in 1922. Fitzgerald focuses on the representation of old money, which is families that have been wealthy for generations, and new money, which is self- made money on current trends, through the character’s motivations and interactions or relationships with others. Throughout the novel, Fitzgerald uses the nature of wealth and status to show its dehumanizing or corrupting nature with characters through differences in wealth and how they came about it. Analyzing Daisy Buchanan, one of the main characters, Fitzgerald uses her actions to show the corrupting effect of wealth on people.
Everyone makes friends differently, everyone looks for different kinds of friends, and everyone feels the need to have friends. The characterization and the interaction of the characters is very dynamic, and is all seen through the main character Nick Carraway. Nick and Gatsby build a very powerful relationship based on companionship and love. The basis for the relationships of the characters in the Great Gatsby are a symbolism for the idea of self-worth and love. The way the relationship between Tom and Daisy is another example of how Fitzgerald will use characterization to show how the foundation of the relationships affect the relationship.
Explore the view Gatsby is to be pitied rather than admired Fitzgerald narrates ‘The Great Gatsby’ through the character of Nick Carraway, told ‘after two years’ of the tragedy’s occurrence. Throughout the novel he experiences both pride and distrust of Gatsby and so despite his promise to ‘reserve all judgements’, he is inevitably bias towards his friend. The novel opens with these conflicting feelings towards Gatsby as Nick shows him as pitiful, ‘it was what preyed on him’ and admirable with his ‘extraordinary gift for hope’. Gatsby is portrayed as both a victim and a man of brilliant aspirations.
The roaring twenties was an important part of the history of the United States. The 1920’s taught many Americans that you can be doing well in life, but, even the best of times can have a devastating ending. F. Scott Fitzgerald shows us that in the book The Great Gatsby. The 1920’s were a great fun age to be alive; however, those times came to a crashing end. Fitzgerald wrote The Great Gatsby to show us what life was like in the ‘20’s while also telling us that all parties have to eventually end.