The Importance Of Wealth In The Great Gatsby

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While wealth can be quite alluring, the power associated with it can also shape one's opinions, morals, and overall humanity. Wealth is a significant factor in determining one's position in society, thus the eagerness to obtain more is correlated with the wish to hold a higher status. The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, relates to this pursuit of riches and the social hierarchy attached to it. The story takes place during the height of the roaring 1920’s in New York City. Each character represents an economic sphere and has their own ambition for wealth; however, these characters, whether they fail or succeed, lose their humanity in the process. Fitzgerald utilizes the characters Gatsby, Myrtle, and Daisy to demonstrate that the desire for wealth leads to a process of dehumanization, in which morals and identity are displaced. Gatsby’s mentality of obtaining wealth through illegitimate means adds to the idea that such ambition results in a loss of human morals and identity. Jay Gatsby, once a poor farmer of the Midwest, transforms himself into a wealthy and charming man living amongst the rich in Long Island, New York. As a child, Gatsby dreams of a future where he will become someone better, more specifically someone richer. Over time, his wish manifests in him transforming himself into an entirely different person. In fact, Jay Gatsby is not even his real name, rather James Gatz. The truth is “that Jay Gatsby of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his
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