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Anna Gorski
Oct. 15, 2010
Period 5
AP Eng.
The Great Gatsby
Money can symbolize certain statuses in the world. In the novel “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald portrays these views of money among the characters in the novel. Wealth and money becomes an issue as the novel progress, once you begin to analyze each character.

In the novel “The Great Gatsby”, “old money” and “new money” describes the gap between the rich and the poor, for an example Gatsby and the Wilsons, West Egg and the Valley of the Ashes. On a smaller scale the “old money” and the “new money” refer to as East being the “old” and West being the “new”. The East Egg represented the established aristocracy or inheritance, as the West Egg was the self-made rich. Gatsby had represented the West Egg, compared to Daisy as being the East Egg and inheriting money from Tom. In overall to the point of the novel about money, money can’t always buy your way through life. People begin to take money for granted. Although Daisy may think that, it can’t always happen. Gatsby is also a good example of this quote. In the novel, Gatsby throws extravagant parties, spending tons of money, and everyone comes but in the end he had no one left. As a result, money ends up corrupting societies, crushing the dreams people once had if not handled properly.

“The Great Gatsby” describes the decay of the American Dream and the want for money and materialism. World War one had just ended and people began reveling in the materialism that came with the end of it. The ending period began new mass produced commodities such as motor cars and radios. Cars were becoming a social symbol, as in the book Gatsby had five cars. That had showed the dream as ugliness and the ruin of moral values because of the desire of wealthy status. F. Scott Fitzgerald portrays people obsessed with self-image, wealth, and of loveless relationships. Referring back to Daisy and Gatsby they are once again perfect example of people obsessed with...
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