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Mary Balkun explained in her book that “Lily … live[s] in a world of country homes, dinner parties, and the theatre” all of which require the use of money to attend (73). Since Lily has no money she turns to George Dorset, the husband of Bertha Dorset, her friend. He aggress to help her gain money through the stock market, however, Lily does not realize that she is expected to give up something in return; her body. Because of her lack of money Lily is then forced into situations where she herself is in danger, such as when Mr. Dorset invites Lily ... ... middle of paper ... ...Wharton and Fitzgerald to pay homage to the fight for a better life, even if it is lost in the end. Works Cited Balkun, Mary McAleer.
Daisy soon takes control over their relationship. In the quote, Gatsby waits for an approving look from Dai... ... middle of paper ... ... cannot keep it because they are incapable of providing all the essential things a woman needs in life, money, security, and masculinity; however, only one man can provide it, Tom. In Fitzgerald’s view, the only way to win a girl’s love and to keep it is through money. Fitzgerald shows the reader that together, love and money are the key to obtaining a satisfying relationship.The idea that people choose to be in a relationship for the money is sickening. Those who choose this way of life care about popularity and use rich and glory to be loved.
The Plot of the novel, is based on the fact that the newly rich, (those who were not born into money, but have acquired it over time), will never have the power of those who were born in to family wealth. The woman that Gatsby, the main character, is in love with, is married to Tom, a man of higher power than Gatsby. Living in East Egg, the couple looked down on those in West Egg. West Egg was “The less fashionable of the two,”(pg. 9) the area where those who had just acquired their new money lived.
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Wealth and status is also important in the novel Jane Eyre, although they are important in different aspects of the novel and important to different people. There are two opposing views. Blanche Ingram, a very spiteful character is going to marry Mr. Rochester because of his wealth but when she is called to the gypsy to find out her future, she "finds out" that he is not as rich as he seems and therefore cancels all plans to marry him. "She (Blanche) considers the Rochester estate eligible to the last degree; though I told her something on that point about an hour ago which made her look wondrous grave".1 However there is another view to the importance of wealth and status. Jane Eyre, the main character says, "Were I a gentleman like him, I would take to my bosom only such a wife as I could love".2 Money and status are not important to her.
Even though Newland explains to her that it will be a small event she is determined to show them how much better she could be then them. It is to show her power, wealth, and also status in society. In society there are rules that must be followed for if they are broken the aristocrats shall look down upon them, and Wharton shows the rules from start to finish. In the begging Newland cannot arrive on time for it is improper and towards the end he cannot be with the Countess Olenska for she is not who society has deemed him acceptable to be with. Wharton focuses her novel on a period in time which society plays a key role in the community of New York’s citizen’s lives; it is also the ending period of the high New York class citizens due to the fact of the change coming into the northern states.