Money in The Great Gatsby
Gatsby has it all, the money, lavish parties, fame and many connections. But money can not buy love, class and happiness. Class is what separates the old money East Egg and the Nouveau riche west egg that is described as the "less fashionable" (Fitz-Gerald, 7) and although Gatsby has an equivalent amount of money as the Buchanans' he is still known as the "newly rich" of Long island and couldn’t buy class that would impress the rather demanding Daisy Buchanan . Money is a major theme in the novel The Great Gatsby, but a custom yellow Rolls Royce will not bring Gatsby happiness but will leave him death trails behind. Money might buy all the materialistic wants in this world but all Gatsby wanted was Daisy's love and all the parties were for her. Money is what made Gatsby’s dream of being with Daisy revive, and die again, forever.
In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since.
"Whenever you feel like criticizing any one," he told me, "just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had." (1.1-3)
It's a lot easier to be morally upright when you're not pinching and scraping to make a living… which makes the immorality of the wealthy even more unforgivable. Every advantage in the world, and they can't even be nice people? Nick may forgive them, but we're not sure we do.
Why they came East I don't know. They had spent a year in France for no particular reason, and then drifted here and there unrestfully wherever people played polo and were rich together. (1. 17)
His speaking voice, a gruff husky tenor, added to the impression of fractiousness he conveyed. There was a touch of paternal contempt in it, even toward people he liked—and there were men at New Haven who had hated his guts. (1.20)
Wealth makes Tom "paternal," as