Jay Gatsby was a self-made millionaire who followed the tale of ‘rags to riches’, however he was blinded by his possessions and became corrupted by his need to acquire wealth, in the genuine hope of it bringing him happiness and having his love for Daisy Buchanan reciprocated. In the novel he is what would classify as ‘new money’...
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...g a critique of the materialism in the culture which we live in, and although in the novel it is to a greater extent it still portrays the corruption in an individual when we are provided with money and fortune. Those who have wealth and the supposed ‘American Dream’, seek more and are not content- aswell as those who aren’t wealthy, seek fortune and the American Dream. The corruption has many effects on the character given at hand: hollowness, infidelity, disillusionment. It changes their hopes and dreams, and thus The American Dream is never truly attainable for you will always seek that little bit more.
“The Great Gatsby” by F Scott Fitzgerald – Published 10 April 1925
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