Money and Love

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Money and love

The Great Gatsby is a story that involves love and money. It shows the materialism that is entwined within relationships. It shows us that love is important in a relationship but more than that is the importance of money and status. . The story shows very effectively that money cannot buy happiness and love.

In this story, Jay Gatsby has been motivated to accumulate wealth so that he could get his love, Daisy, back. Gatsby associates Daisy with wealth, good upbringing and glamour. Gatsby had met Daisy, who was from a rich family, and fallen in love with her. Even at the very beginning of their relationship Gatsby knew that Daisy is looking for a wealthy husband, so he gave the impression that he was rich also. He had
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It would seem she was getting satisfaction from all the wealth surrounding her husband, his name and their home. Love was not as important to Daisy as wealth was, so she was happy. Tom was not around even when Daisy was giving birth.

Tom exploits his social status and money to get what he wants. He has a wife who turns a blind eye to his extramarital affairs. He finds mistresses in the lower class so they will be subordinate to him and he dominates them both mentally and physically. Daisy even offers to give him her pen so that Tom could get a “pretty but common” girl’s number (Fitzgerald 105).

Tom and Daisy’s marriage is founded upon money and social status; and this is the only things keeping them together. It also shows their marriage as farce.

Tom and Myrtle have a relationship that is based not on love but money and sex. They are both using each other. Tom gives Myrtle expensive gifts and she is happy to provide him with her sexual favors. She thinks that Tom is so enamored with her that he will leave Daisy for her. At first Tom treats her nicely but then he gets violent with her and hits her. He seems to look down on her and everybody in her class. He lets Myrtle dress in nice clothes and behave as the mistress in their apartment but is not supposed to talk about Daisy. This shows that, at least in Tom’s eyes, Myrtle is not good enough to talk about Daisy because of the difference in their social and economic class.

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