Money is the driving force behind almost everything in a person’s life, from the way people act in social situations to the quality of their life. In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, money is one of the most prevalent topics. The Great Gatsby is a novel following narrator Nick Carraway after moving to West Egg, a very rich area in long island. He moves into a house next to Jay Gatsby and lives across from his relative Daisy and her husband Tom Buchanan. This story takes place during the Roaring Twenties in the areas of West Egg, filled with the newly rich, and East Egg, filled with the rich from birth. During this time period and repeatedly during the story there were massive lavish parties where alcoholism was average and illegal
Gatsby also experienced the feeling of embarrassment when he revealed to Tom that Daisy loved him instead, but as Tom revealed he knew a lot about Gatsby’s criminal underworld businesses it lead to him getting embarrassed and Daisy getting too excited and his false persona to be shattered in their eyes, “It passed , and he began to talk excitedly to Daisy, denying everything, defending his name against accusations that had not been made, but with every word she was drawing further and further into herself.”(134) This shows us that Gatsby loved Daisy and was willing to do anything to reach
Second Body: Gatsby suffers more than he needs to. "Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay" (83). Gatsby threw large and fancy parties in hopes of Daisy showing up to one. He has gone to great lengths to make himself appear as appealing to a girl who never proves herself to be worthy of sacrifice. Gatsby creates a facade for himself in order to appear as a man who- in his mind- would be worthy of Daisy’s affection.
Daisy Tom , Daisy’s current husband stole her from Gatsby by gaining the acceptance of her parents by giving daisy a 2 million dollar necklace showing off his wealth. This two million dollar necklace exemplifies her want for wealth , she chose money over true love. Her choice of money over love was a bad decision because once they married and there honeymoon was over Tom began to cheat on her. Tom was cheating because he was bored, he was “one of those men who reach such an acute limited excellence at twenty-one that everything afterword savors of anticlimax.”(6).It is not told in the book that Daisy was aware of what Tom was doing but it can be inferred that she knew from the following quotes. Daisy chose money over love because she didn't have much money or status at the time but if she married Tom she could have everything she ever dreamed of except love. She married Tom to achieve the upper class social status so she could live Blitheful life at the expense of others . “She married Tom Buchanan without as much as a shiver” (74) to achieve her dream of wealth.This dream of wealth is detrimental to the lives and well being of others, for example after she killed Myrtle it made Nick realize how sick and twisted these people are , this realization made Nick sick “I was feeling a little sick and wanted to be alone”(142).
In the novel The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald wrote, “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy—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
Nick is visiting with his cousin, Daisy, after traveling to New York from the west. Prior to the given quote, Nick describes his travels and tells Daisy that, while stopped in Chicago, a dozen people had sent their love for her through him. To this comment, Daisy unnecessarily asks if they missed her. In response, Nick only reassures her with an exaggeration that gives off the impression that the place is empty and sorrowful without her presence. Delighted by the comment from Nick, Daisy insists that she and Tom go back.
Why does Jay Gatsby pursue Daisy Buchanan with incomparable persistence? One might say it’s because Daisy is beautiful. It could be because Daisy’s from Louisville and Gatsby has a thing for Kentuckian girls. Maybe it’s because Daisy drives a nice car. Gatsby could just love girls named after flowers. Though there are countless reasons Gatsby could pursue Daisy, the reason Gatsby endlessly chases Daisy is because she represents everything he hopes to achieve. She has wealth and is an upper class citizen. Gatsby believes she is the key to his own wealth and success in life. In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald suggests that Gatsby ties his dreams and visions of success to Daisy. This is seen in the novel’s play on religious ideals and Gatsby’s idealization of Daisy.
Gatsby’s dream of being with Daisy is completely shattered by Tom’s words and Daisy’s demeanor and actions. Tom reveals the truth about the persona that Gatsby had created, known as “Jay Gatsby.” Tom tells them all that Gatsby is a “common swindler” and a “bootlegger…and [he] wasn’t far from wrong” to assume; consequently, Daisy was “drawing further into herself,” for learning how Gatsby obtained his affluence changed her mind about wanting to be with him. Her intentions of leaving Tom vanished within her, as she told Gatsby that he demanded too much of her. When it all becomes too much to bear, Daisy resorts to calling to Tom to take her away demonstrating to Gatsby that she picks Tom over him. This was Gatsby worst nightmare: to have Daisy
Daisy grew up spoiled due to the vast wealth she obtained from being ‘old money’, which caused her to become selfish and self-centred. Daisy had become selfish to the point that she has an expensive and materialistic desire or want. When Gatsby shows Daisy his mansion, she gazed in awe as “she admired […] the gardens, the sparkling odor of jonquils […] and the pale gold odor of kiss-me-at-the-gate.”(Fitzgerald,97) Daisy, all along, does not have feelings for Gatsby, but more for his money and expensive possessions, as she revealed her true self during Tom and Gatsby’s argument. Daisy is selfish even if money was not involved, as she does not feel grateful for Gatsby taking the blame for her killing Myrtle Wilson. For instance, when Nick tells Gatsby about Mrytle dying, Gatsby replies “’Yes,’ he said after the moment, ‘but of course I’ll say I was.’” (Fitzgerald, 154) When Daisy cried in Gatsby’s mansion, she was crying about her actions in killing Myrtle, meanwhile she does not care about Gatsby’s act of chivalry. Furthermore, Daisy takes advantage of Gatsby by taking Tom along to Gatsby’s party, when Daisy was personally invited to essentially go alone. When Gatsby saw Tom appearing to his party, Gastby with a light temper has a conversation with Tom. He says “I know your wife’, continued Gatsby, almost aggressively.”
“How helpless we are, like netted birds, when we are caught by desire!” Belva Plain, American author of mainstream fiction, believed society cannot be helped when they want something they cannot have. Gatsby, a respectable yet manipulative character in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, loves Daisy and will go beyond what is normal to be with her. Through Gatsby’s decisions and social interactions, Fitzgerald agrees with the idea that desire can lead people into traps like netted birds.
Throughout the book, The Great Gatsby, Daisy is gifted with money provided by the men in her life. Tom Buchanan and Jay Gatsby are two of the significant men that take care of her. With Tom providing her money and maids to clean the their enormous house, and Gatsby “bought that house” so that Daisy could attend all of his parties. These examples give Daisy the freedom to choose whatever she wants to do as a white wealthy woman in the 1920s.
The Great Gatsby is told by Nick Carraway, who narrates what he sees when he moves by his cousin Daisy and Gatsby. Gatsby attempts an unachievable goal which is winning Daisy’s love back through money and power, even though Daisy is married to Tom. He desired to win her love by being prosperous, but he became wealthy by committing crimes. But what keeps him different, as Nick Carraway thinks, is that he is naive, self-importance, and passionate yet ludicrous. “Gatsby has "something gorgeous about him, some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life" , and "an extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness such as I have never found in any other person" , but Tom has a hard mouth and supercilious manner, two shining arrogant eyes, and a cruel body.” As compared to Tom, Daisy’s husband, Gatsby isn’t all that great of a person. He had one objective and did anything he could to reach that; Tom was naturally prosperous and got his way with no trouble.
Dreams may be defined as a goal a person will do anything to achieve during their lifetime. In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jay Gatsby creates a false sense of wealth and affluence to achieve his dream of marrying Daisy, and in the process he loses his identity. Gatsby
In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby is a character who is obsessed with overcoming adversity early in his life and striving to become “great”. In the Oxford Dictionary, greatness is defined as being “of an extent, amount, or intensity considerably above the normal or average”. As far
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