The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Perhaps the most notorious, fictional and desired organism is the money tree. Everybody wants one, but nobody knows the responsibilities and needs for this tree as it flourishes. Similar to this, everybody would love an infinite amount of the fruit, money, but don’t necessarily know the rain cloud that comes along with it. In the works The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, “Money” by William Henry Davies, and “Richard Cory” by Edwin Arlington Robinson, the mutual theme is that greed for money corrupts the general person and tears out all slivers of morality. We see in “Money” and The Great Gatsby the indication that money brings fair-weather friends, and also that poor people are more jubilant than rich people. Complementary, in “Richard Cory” and The Great Gatsby, it is suggested that outsiders view the rich as having no problems and always living lavish. However, throughout all works it can be interpreted that generally money brings a heaping wad of negativity into the lives of all who posses it. This negativity can arrive in the form of gold-digging, counterfeit friends that attach like leeches in a swamp. When the “closest” friends fail to have your back through thick and thin, questions arise about whether they are real friends or fake. In chapter 9 of Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Wolfsheim reacts to an invitation to Gatsby’s funeral by saying, “I cannot come down now as i am tied up in some very important business”(Fitzgerald 166). Wolfsheim was perhaps one of
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