Examples Of Obsessive Desire For Money In The Great Gatsby

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F. Scott Fitzgerald 's novel, The Great Gatsby, explores many themes including self-fashioning, dreams which are achieved/ defeated, and social mobility. The one theme that really stands out is Jay Gatsby 's desire for more. He is never happy with what he has, or what he had in the past. In The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby 's obsessive desire for more -- for fame, for wealth, for Daisy -- leads to his downfall. Jay Gatsby 's obsessive desire for fame makes him seem like he is trying too hard to get popular. Gatsby throws gigantic parties, and many guests know of Gatsby just because they have been to his parties. Nick says, I believe that on the first night I went to Gatsby 's house I was one of the few guests who had actually been invited. …show more content…
People have different ideas in the novel about how he got his money. Nick says, " 'Somebody told me they thought he killed a man once. ' " (44) Then a girl agrees with him, " 'You look at him sometimes when he thinks nobody 's looking at him. I 'll bet he killed a man. ' " (44) Nick thinks that he killed a man and that 's how he got his wealth, but Lucille thinks that he was a " 'German spy during the war ' ". (44) All of these ideas intrigue them, but also freak them out in a way. Nick also says, "It was testimony to the romantic speculation he inspired that there were whispers about him from those who had found little that it was necessary to whisper about in this world." (44) This proves that no one knows exactly how Gatsby got his wealth, they just know that he is rich now, which makes people question how he got all of his money if he did not inherit it. Gatsby later says to …show more content…
Gatsby will do anything to try to win Daisy over including the fact that " 'Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay." (78) Gatsby is so desperate for Daisy that he buys a house so he can know that she is only across the bay in the hopes that she will remember him every time she sees his house. After five years of being separated, Gatsby and Daisy finally reunite again, "But there was a change in Gatsby that was simply confounding. He literally glowed; without a word or gesture of exultation a new well- being radiated from him and filled the little room." (89) Gatsby relies on Daisy for his happiness and all of his sadness for five years was made into happiness just after a few hours of being with Daisy. Gatsby shows his house to Daisy and impresses her with his elaborate house. "He had passed visibly through two states and was entering upon a third. Gatsby goes as far as taking the blame for something Daisy did so she would not get in trouble. " 'Was Daisy driving? ' 'Yes, ' he said after a moment, 'but of course I 'll say I was. ' " (143) Of course Gatsby would rather him get the blame, he will do anything to make Daisy like him. Gatsby had longed to be with Daisy for so long that he did not know how to handle himself now that he was with her. Daisy was the one driving the car that killed Myrtle, Wilson 's wife. Wilson wants to kill the

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