The false identity shows the corruption behinds the American Dream; Gatsby needs to be someone else to pursue this dream. In other words, the social feelings of the 1920s bring Gatsby to change himself in order to fit in the new society. Moreove... ... middle of paper ... ...nts to share it with the society. Having a mistress makes him feel good because he is superior to someone and he feels in control of the situation. Given these points, because of the importance of being rich in the society, Tom becomes selfish by wanting always a little more.
The Color of Money in The Great Gatsby A major aspect of The Great Gatsby was the effect that money has on each one of the characters. Money influenced Daisy’s love, it influenced Tom life, influences Nick’s wants, Jordan’s standards, and money also pushed Gatsby to get what he lost. The effect money has on Daisy is noticed from the beginning. She is married to a wealthy man in which she says she loves. The love for her husband is not the same love that she has had with other men.
These work in parallel and come together as part of the same society: the wealthy upper class. Straight away we see this as being a contradiction, as the glittering surface impression of these wealthy people conceals their true nature as an immoral, careless and unsympathetic society. This novel clearly does move on two levels. The author enables us to look into the different worlds of money and romance (and whether or not they can exist together), as it is not only a story of superficial richness, but also of lost love and the use of wealth to regain it. These themes alone are a contrast, as money is a matter of the mind and love a matter of the heart.
Gatsby’s relationship with Daisy reveals that just as Gatsby’s dream of wooing Daisy is corrupted by illegalities and dishonesty, the “American Dream” of friendship and individualism has disintegrated into the simple pursuit of wealth, power, and pleasure. The reader sees how much Gatsby wishes for Daisy and their past relationship, but Tom has become an issue through his wealth, power, and social status. Gatsby knows that he has to eclipse Tom’s appeal to Daisy in some way and that he would need money for this. This gets him into the illegal actions of bootlegging. In the end of the novel, the reader realizes the sign... ... middle of paper ... ...s with all of the parties and the pursuit of wealth, power, and pleasure in an era of change.
Society is totally corrupted and the character’s lives revolve around the money and extravagant lifestyles. All of the characters are surrounded with expensive and unnecessary itms, which in turn, dulls their dream of actual success. Scott F. Fitzgerald provides a powerful and everlasting message of a corrupt, materialistic society and the effects that it has on the idea of the American dream.
The reason being, Tom is her financial provider and equal socially. Even though Gatsby has enough money to support her now with his "drug stores" he will always be nouveau riche, a continuous flaw, according to Daisy's high class standards of life. If Daisy was not of high society or have money, she would lose what little power and influence she possesses as a woman of the 1920s. Some one as egoistical as Daisy cannot bare to be as unacknowledged like lower class society, but because Daisy is an ethereal beauty with money and charm her voice remains heard. At what cost does Daisy pay to keep her voice heard?
By saying that he was ?looking up? to ?all the beauty and glamour in the world,? Fitzgerald makes it evident that Gatsby idolized this lifestyle. Also, he shows that Gatsby views beauty as a materialistic quality. Gatsby?s materialistic view of beauty can be seen in his love for Daisy when Gatsby says, ?her voice is full of money?
Many wealthy people assume that it is their right to have others listen to and follow their own wishes, or thoughts. The character, Tom Buchanan is the model superficial rich person. Who attempts to force his poorly thought-out, stolen theories to all those around him. This is shown in the indication of his tone when he states “ ‘Civilization’s is going to pieces,’ broke out Tom violently'; (13). Tom’s use of non-formal English, such as “I’ve gotten to be a terrible pessimist about things'; (13) cause him to stand out from his wife and the other Characters.
Daisy married Tom not through love solely for his vast amount of wealth and then fell back in love with Gatsby because of his lavishness. Gatsby’s greed throughout the narrative is masked by his love for Daisy and the love is the driving factor behind Gatsby’s accumulation of wealth.There are several instances that demonstrate Daisy’s association with money throughout the narrative,Gatsby creating a false lifestyle with a sole purpose to appear wealthy to appeal to Daisy, Tom using his relationship with Myrtle to create jealousy in Daisy through providing Myrtle with gifts along with a apartment devoted to her, and Daisy noticing all of the materialistic possessions Gatsby has in his mansion. Gatsby fabricating a false reality of true wealth to impress Daisy exhibits how greed is masked by Gatsby's love for Daisy throughout the novel. Gatsby’s false reality he created for Daisy disconnects him completely from his former past and Gatsby struggles to reconnect with his past “He talked a lot about the past, and I gathered that he wanted to recover something, some idea of himself perhaps, that had gone into loving Daisy.” (110). Gatsb... ... middle of paper ... ...aisy is no longer a person but only an object to Gatsby.
Gatsby has this whole idea that money controls everything, which is true because of their society. Because of that he feels that he can win Daisy by just buying her things, and that she will love him just because he has a lot of nice material possessions. Gatsby tries to attract her by showing off his things, and the huge mansion where he throws extravagant parties. When Gatsby showed Daisy his shirts “Daisy bent her head into the shirts and began to cry stormily. ‘They’re such beautiful shirts.’ She sobbed, her voice muffled in the thick folds.