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Materialism In The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The theme of materialism and the need to have wealth that is present in The Great Gatsby is still relevant in today’s society. In the novel, Jay Gatsby has lots of material goods, but only has them to show his wealth to others, “Well, suppose we take a plunge in the swimming-pool? I haven’t made use of it all summer” (Fitzgerald 82). Gatsby has a swimming pool so he can fit in with the rich society, but does not even use it. Today in society, celebrities have multiple houses to show how wealthy they are, but they do not even go to those houses or if they do they go a few times a year, if even that much. Another example of materialism present in the novel is the shirts that Gatsby receives from a man in England, “While we admired he brought
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