December 10, 2012
Money can’t buy you love.
In the “Great Gatsby” money and love had a significance part throughout the book with just about every character in it. We learn of many relationships that have been based on lies with the power of money behind them the whole time. Money buys many things in this book. From lavish lifestyles to meaningless property, trophy wives to nightlife parties. It was a time when people were trying to live the American Dream, so wealth and success meant everything. As a result of this so called dream, the main characters became blinded by their greed.
James Gatz was a poor boy growing up on a farm in North Dakota. “His parents were shiftless and unsuccessful farm people-his imagination never really accepted them as his parents at all (98). He had nothing to show for it and decided to change his name to Jay Gatsby and move on at the age of 17. During his time in the military, he met Daisy, the woman of his dreams. When Gatsby was leaving for the war, he asked her to wait. She agreed, but along came a very wealthy man, Tom. The sad part is, this woman chose money over love and decided to marry Tom; a wealthier and more resourceful man. A man that “came down with a hundred people in four private cars, and hired a whole floor of the Seelbach Hotel, and the day before the wedding he gave her a string of pearls valued at three hundred and fifty thousand dollars” (76). Money bought the love in this one; or did it just buy a woman?
Gatsby spent the next five years not only building fortune and fame, but seeking out Daisy for that chance to win her back. He earned his money through illegal business practices and even went as far as buying a mansion right across the waters from where Daisy lived (78). Gatsby would spend the summer nights hosting lavish parties at his palace hoping that his love, Daisy, would just walk right through the door. However, she never came. Gatsby became...
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