Themes of Love and Money in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby Essay
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A man named Nick moves into old money right next door to Jay Gatsby. Throughout The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald discusses the American culture and themes that relates to Americans, such as the desire for material possessions, desire for love and The contrast between old money/new money.
Fitzgerald discusses the desire for material possessions in The Great Gatsby by explaining the fact that Americans judge people by the possessions and the money they have. For example people pictured Tom as a god because of his wealth. Because of his wealth he could commit crimes, have affairs, cover up stories all by being wealthy. Nick explains “They smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or…show more content…
Gatsby then took the initiative to buy a new dress, witch is very expensive for the time period. On the other end of the scale there is Wilson who is poor and owns a gas station yet is treated with disrespect because of his lack of money. “…He wasn’t fit to lick my shoe” (34). Myrtle was talking about her husband who is poor and therefore does not deserve her love. This is the way Fitzgerald depicts the social classes in The Great Gatsby. Fitzgerald finds that perfect love is impossible to achieve through his foiled relationships. Gatsby’s relationship with Daisy is based off money and desire to live in the past. Daisy falls in love with Gatsby when he acquires wealth. When she finds out his money is not legit she leaves him. “But with every word she was drawing further and further into herself so he gave that up, and only the dead dream fought on as the afternoon slipped away, trying to touch what was no longer tangible, struggling unhappily towards that lost voice across the room” (134)
This is when Gatsby realizes that his love for Daisy was all based on his money. He is figuring out that true love is impossible. Fitzgerald is proving his point through all of the failed relationships in the book. Another example of love being impossible is Tom’s relationship with Daisy. Even though tom and daisy say they love each other they actually hate each other. Daisy loves tom for his money and not for him
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