Analysis Of Daisy And Tom's Dream In The Great Gatsby

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You could have all the money in the world and still not be happy. The Great Gatsby is filled with many characters who live hopeless, lonely lives, even though they have all the money one could want and in reality money doesn't buy happiness. Most of the characters put on a facade for the people around them. They all seem to be living the american dream. But are they really? Gatsby has all the money anyone could ask for. Daisy acts like she is living the dream even though you can tell shes always sad and upset. Daisy and Tom’s relationship is proof in the collapse of the american dream. Myrtle is a very materialistic and needy person who wants things money will buy. Fitzgerald demonstrates how a dream can become corrupted by one’s focus on acquiring wealth, power, and expensive things. Jay Gatsby is a very wealthy man. Although he was born into a poorer family he worked hard and it paid off. He throws lavish parties for countless people, yet he has no real friends. He buys very expensive things and entertains large groups of society because of his desire for something greater. He is so blinded by his luxurious possessions that he does not see that money cannot buy love or happiness. Although Nick realizes that Gatsby is involved in secret business dealings and he is fixated on money, he is a good, loyal man at heart. Before Gatsby dies Nick says “They’re a rotten crowd.... You’re worth the whole damn bunch put together” (Fitzgerald 162). Daisy Buchanan is a very self-conceited and careless. Although she appears to be very sweet and pure, at heart she is very cold. Daisy is careless with people’s lives; she lets Gatsby take the blame for her unintentional manslaughter of Myrtle Wilson. Her careless actions eventually resul... ... middle of paper ... ... shown to be the main reason for the dream’s death. It becomes mixed up with hope and success which replaces the dream with materialism. This is shown through Gatsby’s illegal actions and connections to make money. His huge parties, mansion. and giant clothing collection all represent the corruption. His use of status when the police officer completely ignored him after violating the law. But the biggest example is Tom and Daisy Buchanan, who live without hope and regret because all they care about is money, being wealthy and at the top of the social class. Nick describes the Buchanan's as careless people. “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy- They smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back to their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they made…” (Fitzgerald 179)
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