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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Cheyenne Trac Mr. Hernandez English 5-6, Period 5 February 14, 2017 Money Corrupts People Society has an obsession with money. In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, wealth is portrayed in two different classes called the new money and the old money. New money refers to those who have recently made their own fortune within their own generation. Old money refers to those who have inherited money from their wealthy families in the past generations. The new money people are more extravagant with their money in order to flaunt their wealth, while the old money people are more conservative with their money because they have been around for longer and people already understand their wealth. The difference between new and old money is not…show more content…
Wealth in the old money aristocracy has given Tom and Daisy the privilege to get away from everything without having consequences. Daisy and Gatsby’s relationship has fluctuated for years because Gatsby was a member of the new money class, which took long to satisfy Daisy’s desires. Five years prior to Daisy and Tom’s marriage, Daisy and Gatsby met in Louisville which was where Gatsby was stationed before leaving for World War I. Daisy and Gatsby fell in love, but Gatsby had to leave for war which led Nick to describe the way they maintained their relationship, “[Gatsby] had deliberately given Daisy a sense of security; he let her believe that he was a person from much the same stratum as herself that he was fully capable to take care of her.” (149). When Gatsby met Daisy, Gatsby did not want Daisy to drift away because he was penniless so he kept the lie to allow their relationship to develop. Daisy believed the lie and started to wait for him to come back from war, but she got impatient. Nick continues, “Through this twilight universe Daisy began to move again with the season...She wanted her life shaped now, immediately- and the decision must be made by some force- of love, of money, or unquestionable practicality- that was close at hand.” (151). Daisy lived a materialistic life full of money, fashion, and other endeavors. Daisy’s love for Gatsby was dying as her impatience grew for the desire of wealth. She wanted to move
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