Greed and Wealth in the Characters of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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In today’s society, people are judged by their values or are frightened to take sacrifices to better benefit their lifestyle. Characters like Gatsby, Tom, Daisy and Myrtle are shown as evidence of greed and how wealth surrounds their values. Fitzgerald uses social commentary to offer a glance of an American life in the 1920s. He carefully sets up his novel into distinct groups, but in the end, each group has its own problems to contend with, leaving powerful ideas for readers to adapt(add morals characters inhabit). By creating distinct social classes, old money, new money, and no money, Fitzgerald sends strong messages about the elitism running throughout every perspective of society. F. Scott Fitzgerald portrays characters like Nick, Tom, Daisy, Jordan and Wilson/Myrtle negatively in society and shows how different class system lack morality and social values.
The first and most obvious group Fitzgerald attacks is the rich. For many of those of modest means, the rich seem to be unified by their money. They are basically surrounded with the mindset of being wealthy. However, Fitzgerald reveals this is not the case. In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald presents two distinct types of wealthy people. First, there are people like the Buchanans and Jordan Baker who were born into wealth. Their families have had money for many generations; they are "old money." As portrayed in the novel, the "old money" people don't have to work and they spend their time amusing themselves with whatever takes their fancy. Daisy, Tom, Jordan, and the distinct social class they represent are perhaps the story's most elitist group, imposing distinctions on the other people of wealth (like Gatsby) based

not so much on how much money one has, but where that ...

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...sents money, not a girl. He definitely sees it according to her voice. It also shows how wealth/money affected Daisy’s lifestyle and the people surrounding her. Gatsby is basically implying that he loves Daisy as much as he loves being wealthy.
“Gatsby was overwhelmingly aware of the youth and mystery that wealth imprisons and preserves, of the freshness of many clothes, and of Daisy, gleaming like silver, safe and proud above the hot struggles of the poor”(150). Daisy is described as valuing wealth and hearing her voice symbolizes materialism and wealth. Gatsby is aware that he has to use money to manipulate Daisy into loving him. F.Gerald chose the word “clothes” to imply materialism and Daisy is a symbol of wealth throughout the novel. She is "safe and proud," she is safe from poverty, and proud, because she is materialistic in her ways, thinks she is better.
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