Themes of Love and Money in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

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A man named Nick moves into old money right next door to Jay Gatsby. Throughout The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald discusses the American culture and themes that relates to Americans, such as the desire for material possessions, desire for love and The contrast between old money/new money.

Fitzgerald discusses the desire for material possessions in The Great Gatsby by explaining the fact that Americans judge people by the possessions and the money they have. For example people pictured Tom as a god because of his wealth. Because of his wealth he could commit crimes, have affairs, cover up stories all by being wealthy. Nick explains “They smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together and let other people clean up the mess” (Fitzgerald 187). Wealth allowed Tom and Daisy to feel entitled to do as they pleased. They reveled in the fact that they were well known and talked about by people. “Did you keep it…? Sure I did. I was going to wear it tonight, but it was too big in the bust and had to...

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