Money Cannot Buy Happiness In The Great Gatsby Analysis

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Money Cannot Buy Happiness The American dream is formed around the notion of an individual starting with nothing and achieving millions of dollars through hard work and determination. For centuries, Americans have embraced this idea and aspired to get more out of their lives by achieving the illustrious, American dream. In F. Scott. Fitzgerald’s, The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald explores American society in the 1920’s and the false hopes that citizens held pertaining to wealth and happiness. Fitzgerald chronicles the lives of the exceptionally wealthy, all of whom most working-class Americans aspire to be; however, even though these people appear to have it all, they are all unfulfilled in some aspect of their lives. Money is unable to satisfy…show more content…
Even though she is married to Tom Buchanan, Daisy still harbors feelings for Gatsby, which are rekindled when she and Gatsby reconnect. When she reencounters Gatsby, she is reminded of their past relationship. Daisy, who decides to move on with her life once Gatsby is deployed overseas, must accept the choice that she made to marry a wealthy man from her own social class instead of waiting for Gatsby, a poor soldier, to return from war. Daisy lives a comfortable, luxurious lifestyle, but still feels an emptiness in her life. For example, when she gives birth to her daughter, Daisy is utterly alone. In fact, when the nurse tells her she has given birth to a girl, Daisy’s reply is, “ I am glad it is a girl. And I hope she will be a fool-that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool” (Fitzgerald ## ). Daisy’s unhappiness and loneliness are what eventually lead her back to Gatsby. Despite her wealth and social status, Daisy is looking for more in her life. She is searching for her one chance at true love, something her money has not been able to provide. It is not until Gatsby’s return that Daisy realizes that she sacrificed, “...her true love and, in that sense, her proper husband, to expediency and her own insecurity” (Luft & Dilworth 87). Now that Daisy is forced to live a life of unhappiness, she…show more content…
Unfortunately, all of the money in the world cannot make Tom into a happy, kind individual. He has a beautiful, smart wife; however, he continues to have extramarital affairs. Tom seeks the company of other women to fill a void in his own life. No matter who the girl, Tom is never fully satisfied. The ironic part of Tom’s character is that he finds other people cheating on their spouses inexcusable; however, he is completely able to look past his own indiscretions. He expresses his disapproval of spouses that cheat when saying, “I suppose the latest thing is to sit back and let Mr. Nobody from Nowhere make love to your wife” (Fitzgerald 130). Although Tom has no remorse for his own actions, he has little difficulty judging others or behaving in an impulsive and rude manner towards others; this is yet another sign of his own personal insecurity and unhappiness. Others are clearly able to detect Tom’s unhappiness. For example, Catherine, the sister of Tom’s mistress, describes Tom and Myrtle, by saying, "Neither of them can stand the person they 're married to. [Tom and Myrtle] Can 't stand them" (Fitzgerald

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