Does Money Buy Love In The Great Gatsby Essay

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Money can buy materialistic things but can it buy love? In the book, The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, we are introduced to the narrator, Nick Carraway. We learn that Daisy Buchanan, Nick’s cousin, had loved a man before he left for the war named, Jay Gatsby, but now Daisy is married to Tom Buchanan, from Chicago. Gatsby tries everything to win Daisy’s love back. He tries impressing her with all the money in the world in which he even buys a house to be near Daisy and show her that he could get anything and everything he wants, but in the end, Gatsby’s money ends up losing in buying Daisy’s love. Fitzgerald reveals the theme money can’t buy love through the use of word choice, symbolism, and hyperbole. The literary device…show more content…
Overall, word choice connects to my theme that love can’t be bought by money. The literary device symbolism reveals the theme that love can’t be bought by money. In chapter 5, we see Daisy, Nick, and Gatsby at Gatsby’s house. During this moment, Gatsby is giving Nick and Daisy a tour of his big house. When they get to Gatsby’s closet, Gatsby starts throwing his shirts at Daisy, later making her cry. For example, she says, “They’re such beautiful shirts,” she sobbed, her voice muffled in the thick folds. “It makes me sad because I’ve never seen such---such beautiful shirts before” (Fitzgerald 92). This makes me wonder what Daisy was really crying about. I think that Daisy was crying because she realized the many things she missed in Gatsby’s life. The words “beautiful shirts” have a sad connotation because we can see that Daisy was crying for something bigger than some shirts. She was crying because of her love for Gatsby. This quote connects to my theme that symbolism reveals the theme that love can’t be bought by money. In chapter 9, we see Nick at Gatsby’s funeral waiting for people that went to his parties to show up for respect. For example, we can see that they waited for a long time, “The minister glanced several times at his watch, so I took him aside and asked him to wait for half an hour. But it wasn’t any use. Nobody came” (Fitzgerald 174). This makes me think that even though Gatsby made
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