Analysis Of Jay Gatsby 's ' The Great Gatsby '

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Money Money Money 47854 AP English Hagar 3/28/15 Jay Gatsby, an exotic millionaire philanthropist, has everything and anything a man could ever need. He lives a life most could only dream of. A life full of massive parties, sports cars, mansions, and booze. Yet he is missing something, he is missing the only thing that could make him truly happy, to live a life with Daisy Buchanan. "He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God. (pg 119). He was in love with Daisy, and he opened up to her, only to lose her to Tom who had the money to support her. Money could not buy Gatsby happiness and finally ends up destroying him. Wealth has both benefits and dangers. Extreme wealth has the power to allow someone almost unlimited potential, however wealth can easily corrupt and change a person for the worse. Once someone has a taste of wealth they always want more. A prime example of this is the Wilsons, Myrtle and George. They both die because they truly believed money could buy them happiness. “[Tom] What do you want money for, all of a sudden?’ ‘[George] I’ve been here too long. I want to get away. My wife and I want to go west.’ ‘Your wife does!’ exclaimed Tom, startled. ‘[George]She’s been talking about it for ten years.’ He rested for a moment against the pump, shading his eyes. ‘And now she’s going whether she wants to or not. I’m going to get her away” (pg 131).

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