This was an era where societal values made wealth and material possessions a defining element of one’s character. The implications of the wealthy mindset and its effects on humanity are at the source of the conflict in The Great Gatsby, offering a glimpse into the despair of the 20’s. During a time of “postwar American society, its restless alienation, and its consequent reliance on money as a code for expressing emotions and identity” (Lewis, 46), Fitzgerald focuses his pen on the inevitable emptiness created by the illusions of wealth and its anomalous connection with love during the 20’s. In order to convey his theory, Fitzgerald builds a repertory of superficial characters whose existence revolves around material value rather than tangible human qualities. For example, Tom Buchanan, the husband of Daisy, is introduced as having an appealing and rich life.
He knows he can be more dominant around Myrtle since she is poor. He knows he cannot be that way towards Daisy since she comes from money herself. The idea of the American dream is totally destroyed in The Great Gatsby because of the way the characters interact in the story. In conclusion, The Great Gatsby reveals the carelessness and shallowness of the characters in the upper class. Society is totally corrupted and the character’s lives revolve around the money and extravagant lifestyles.
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.
Anothe... ... middle of paper ... ... the ending of the realistic American dream through hard work and honest values, and the decline and corruption due to society's obsession with material wealth and power. From the beginning to end of the Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald explored the idea of corruption of the American dream and society during the 1920s (roaring 20s) at a time of great prosperity and hope in American. Jay Gatsby who Nick once described as “being better than all of them put together’ originally from the Midwest where traditional values were upheld, had became corrupted with his first contact with wealth and power which was daisy Buchanan. Wealth has a corrupting power that can corrupt even a character with the best intentions. To this day American society still struggles with corruption of morals as money has became a major factor in how one is judged and how much power they hold in society .
Many critics, such as Jim Rogers of the famous Quantum Fund, are very outspoken about this. He says curing a mistake with more mistakes is complete idiocy. First I have to make quite clear that there are three types of individuals caught in the foreclosure trap. Those that have been unwittingly been caught in the downturn of our economy and have lost their jobs and source of income. I have great empathy for these citizens.
Unfortunately for the rich, the Great Depression slap them back into reality and they have to work hard to get back what they lost. Both history and The Great Gatsby shows that money can be a double-edged sword and that there some things money can’t buy, like love and happiness for example.
People say that "money makes the world go around." It may, but in the novel The Great Gatsby written by F. Scott Fitzgerald money is what causes greed and death. The novel is filled with multiple themes but one predominate theme that the author focuses on is immorality. The novel was written in the1920s which was a time that drew away from social and moral values and yearned for its greed and empty pursuit of pleasure. Gatsby, gains his wealth through bootlegging only because he wants to show Daisy his wealth.
Throughout this book, Fitzgerald reflects on a few themes, namely the effect wealth has on his characters, as well as how their lives were destined to fail because of expectations and entitlement. Each problem, limitation, and fear these characters have revolves around one thing- money. Fitzgerald makes the strongest case for the theme of “wealth is power and power corrupts” in his novel The Great Gatsby. In this book, the author accentuates the parallel between money and manner. When the characters are considered on a spectrum, a clear pattern emerges: Tom and Daisy are from old money and have a lot of it, Gatsby is from new money and has a lot of it, Nick and Jordan are from moderate to wealthy means, and everyone else is very poor, including the Wilsons.
Through Fitzgerald use of symbolism, expectations, and relationships, he explores the American dream, and how it is an illusion that corrupts and destroys lives. Through Fitzgerald’s symbolic description of Gatsby, he explores the extent of the American Dream’s deceptive nature that slowly destroys a person and his/her morals. During the Roaring 20s it was very common for people to project illusions to mask who they truly were; to fit in, it was almost essential to have one to survive in the highly materialistic and deceitful society. Nick is introduced as the objective narrator... ... middle of paper ... ...an Dream that becomes corrupted and leads to the ultimate failure and destruction of himself. Some say that Americans strive for the impossible goal of perfection; they live, die and do unimaginable deeds to achieve it, and when they do, they may call the product their own American Dream.
In the stories, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen, money and the amount that you have, proves to be the leading control factor in relationships and can destroy them easily. Research shows that the leading cause to relationships failing or divorce, is stress from money issues. When there is too little, stress levels rise. Too much, believe it or not, some people can’t agree how the excess money should be spent. Then we have wastefulness V.S.