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Possessions of The Great Gatsby

By aheard360 May 21, 2014 263 Words
Austin Heard
Ms. King
Gifted English
21 May 2014
Possessions
In “Possessions in The Great Gatsby” the possessions of characters in the novel are analyzed. Love, money, and the homes of Gatsby and Buchanan are key possessions shown though out The Great Gatsby. Because of Gatsby’s major obsession with Daisy his others are not shown. His obsessions with materialistic possessions are huge traits in Gatsby. Gatsby’s cloths are a good example. His cloths define him. Tom says ‘“An Oxford Man!’ Like hell he is! He wears a pink suit.’” Donaldson says that Tom is able to undermine Gatsby as a competitor for Daisy. He also says that one’s cloths express one’s self and no one more than Jay Gatsby. Myrtle Wilson is obsessed with money and the high-class stature of Tom. She wants to be rich and have anything she wants. She gets this from Tom. Also in the novel Nick comforts Tom and Daisy of being too materialistic to money. Nick condemns Tom and Daisy as careless people who “smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together.” All Tom and Daisy care about is money; they don’t care about love or each other as much compared to money. Gatsby’s home is just another materialistic possessions of Gatsby. It just represents his money and search for happiness. We learn from this that money can’t buy happiness.

Works Cited
Donaldson, Scott. "Possessions of "The Great Gatsby’” Academic Search Premier. EBSCO, n.d. Web.

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