Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby: How the American Dream is grossly materialistic. Since the beginning, the main focus of living is acquiring more money and becoming as successful as possible. In the 1920's, people made money from the stock market, and illegal bootlegging. Since these people were hitting the jackpot, a rank called 'new money' was created. This rank, never overpowered 'old money' the most wealthiest, well-known and respected class. Possession of material wealth however, can't bring true happiness. Love is an important factor in this equation; when you don't have love, it is hard to be happy. Daisy Buchanan's case in The Great Gatsby written by F. Scott Fitzgerald proves this to its entirety. When having to decide between an empty marriage with her husband Tom and Jay Gatsby, her love, she chooses Tom. It is then evident throughout the novel that materialistic properties and a high social status triumphs over love. One example is the superficial relationship that Tom and Daisy have, they hardly communicate with each other. "Daisy and Tom were sitting opposite each other at the kitchen table with a plate of cold fried chicken between them and two bottles of ale. He was talking intently across the table at her hand and in his earnestness his hand had fallen upon and covered her own. Once in awhile she looked up at

him and nodded in agreement. They weren't happy, and neither of them had touched the chicken or ale-and yet they weren't unhappy either"(152). They don't look as if they share a deep connection-a connection such as Daisy and Gatsby's share. Daisy and Tom's happiness is based on both of them coming from money, marrying for money and acquiring more money. It is not until later in the novel however that Daisy's true colors are shown. After the untimely demise of Gatsby, Daisy doesn't even bother showing up at his funeral. Instead, she goes on vacation with her husband; not even a letter of condolence sent. Fitzgerald then shows how materialistic...
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