The Wealthy during the 1920s are shown to be egotistical people who only care about their own pleasure. New found independence, new technology, and a ban that only make alcohol more tempting certainly makes this prosperous time a moral dystopia. For the first time for many people, they can do almost anything with money; sometimes at the expense of others. The others were forced to live in poverty, endured careless rich people, and get blamed for their mess. Unfortunately for the rich, the Great Depression slap them back into reality and they have to work hard to get back what they lost.
Scott Fitzgerald, two characters, Myrtle Wilson and Jay Gatsby suffered although different in social class appearance and gender, suffer from the inability to differentiate between illusions and reality, causing their downfalls. Myrtle and Gatsby have similar goals, but different ambitions. Gatsby wants to achieve wealth for the sole purpose of regaining his previous love interest, Daisy, where as Myrtle wants to obtain wealth for her selfish desire of status and integration into the upper class. However, they both begin their journeys to downfall when they sacrifice all morality for this wealth. Gatsby becomes a criminal, and seduces a married woman and ultimately break up her family for his own selfish goal of winning his old love back.
Gatsb... ... middle of paper ... ...aisy is no longer a person but only an object to Gatsby. Throughout the Great Gatsby greed is depicted through each character in the novel. Gatsby comes to the realization that he no longer loves Daisy and that the love has been replaced with greed. Daisy throughout the novel is associated solely with wealth this is apparent through her relationship with both Tom and Gatsby. Tom has an open relationship while married to Daisy with a mistress and attempts to make Daisy jealous through his love to Myrtle.
In the novel, “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the author establishes materialism and wealth as a corruption to the American dream. The American dream embodies the idea of self-sufficient, honest and intelligent individual with a happy successful life. It is also the idea of the pursuit of happiness but Daisy Buchanan a wealthy aristocrat goes after the empty pursuit of pleasure, portraying her character as a disillusionment of the American dream and how much it lost its good values. The wealthy are blinded by all their money, such as the Buchanan’s who forget the real idea of the American dream leading them to having no morals or values. The money gives them the ability to walk all over others, careless of whom they hurt and affect.
All she wants is the money so she chose Tom so that instead of being define by society based on her personality, she will be judged only by her wealth- another mask. Myrtle, on the other hand, is a little different. She is married, but she’s having an affair with Tom. She ends up falling in love with Tom and according to page 34 her marriage to George was for the wrong reason, even though it was love. She says, “The onl... ... middle of paper ... ...ike his true self, the one she had fallen in love with before everything, things would have worked out in the end.
In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald instead presents this spirit as a corruption, as the people who purse it fall into the misconduct of money. Corrupt values, greed, and the empty pursuit of pleasure are all parts of the downfall of the American Dream. The idea of an American Dream first started in the Declaration of Independence, as people are “endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights" including "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." The Dream was suppose to be a life of personal happiness and material comfort. However, as money became easy to get and as social values loosened up, the American Dream changed, turning it into an immoral and corrupt passion.
F. Scott Fitzgerald uses the characters in The Great Gatsby to represent the people in his own life and to show that wealth causes corruption. Mirroring his own unsuccessful love story, Fitzgerald incorporates the idea of failing marriages into his novel. ““Neither of them can stand the person they’re married to” (Fitzgerald 33).” Fitzgerald implies that marriage in the 1920’s was so corrupted by wealth that though the couples nearly hated each other, they still remained together for monetary and convenience purposes. Fitzgerald’s wife, Zelda Sayre much like Daisy, married Fitzgerald for money. Until Fitzgerald started to become rich off his first novel, she had refused to marry him, much like how Daisy broke her promise to Gatsby and married Tom Buchanan.
They are portrayed to be very snobbish and unhappy people. The American dream in the novel is shown to be unachievable. For some time, the American dream has been focused upon material things that will gain people success. In the Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald attempts to criticize American ideals through the use of the American dream, wealth, and corruption. In the beginning, Gatsby was a poor army boy who fell in love with a rich girl named Daisy.
For example, he attempts to break the hostility between the East Egg and West Egg. “To be close to her, Gatsby buys a mansion across the bay and gives extravagant parties in the hopes that Daisy will come to one” (Telgen 70). He goes to the extreme to get her attention through dishonesty in acquiring wealth; fraud and theft is Gatsby’s secret to obtaining his riches (Berman). After achieving affluence, he spends his material wealth to attract Daisy. Daisy 's lack of character is revealed through pointing out that she would only be able to fall in love with a prosperous man.
The American Dream, which was started out as a good intention, was eventually perverted in the 1920s. In the world of The Great Gatsby, the American Dream is synonymous with money and status. Most of the characters reveal themselves to be highly materialistic, their motivations driven by their desire for money and material goods. Let's start with materialistic Myrtle, who admits that she regrets marrying George after she discovered that he was poor: “I married him because I thought he was a gentleman. I thought he knew something about breeding, but he wasn’t fit to lick my shoe...The only crazy I was when I married him.