Importance Of Money In The Great Gatsby

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Money, everyone wants it and not everyone can have it. Wealth is the epitome of success in America and the American Dream has developed through that thought process. America is known as the land of opportunity or in other words “the place to get rich”. The idea that through hard work anyone can become successful has been spread throughout the United States for decades and decades. Jay Gatsby is the epitome of achieving the American Dream. Money is the greatest influence in Gatsby’s life and gives him both hope and despair . In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the achievement of the American Dream gives Gatsby a second chance at love and also desensitizes him to the world around him.
Gatsby’s undying love for Daisy is the focus
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He was not wealthy at the time and had little except for his experiences in the army to make of himself. Once Gatsby had earned a large sum of money and built an impressive life for himself he knew he could finally try to win her love. When Daisy moved back from Chicago, he did whatever he could to get close to her. Gatsby 's motivation with his money is hard to follow until the Narrator, Nick Carroway learns of his true motivations. In a conversation with Jordan Nick learns the truth. They discuss, "It was a strange coincidence,’ I said.’But it wasn 't a coincidence at all.’ ‘Why not?’ ‘Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay" (Fitzgerald 78). Gatsby bought his mansion just so he would be right across the bay from Daisy’s. Without his wealth this wouldn’t be possible. Gatsby needs his success to even have a chance with Daisy. He has achieved the American Dream and without it, he would have never even gotten another chance with Daisy. He has so many luxuries and items that would be considered extremely valuable. His wealth gives him the opportunity to have anything he wants. Cars, parties, clothes, and all of it is to impress …show more content…
He was invincible, in his mind he was untouchable and his money made him better than other people. He didn’t want any connection to those he didn’t feel were worthy of his association and so he changed his name to avoid any association with his parents. When Nick learns of Gatsby’s past he thinks, “I suppose he 'd had the name ready for a long time, even then. His parents were shiftless and unsuccessful farm people – his imagination had never really accepted them as his parents at all” (Fitzgerald 98). Gatsby could not even accept his parents for who they were just because they had not found the success that he had in his life. His immense fortune had put him on a pedestal in his mind. He was better than everyone else in the world and no one could stop him. He had achieved the American Dream and with that he had also lost all humble and considerate qualities about himself. Before his wealth he was Jay Gatz and once his sought after dream was fulfilled he was then Jay Gatsby. He uses his lies to gain respect from others and it is all due to his money. Gatsby thinks that if his past is less impressive than his present then his money means less. Over time he develops a perfect persona in which he eventually becomes. He says that he went to Oxford, and that he was a war hero. He came from a wealthy family who all ended up dying. Gatsby becomes his lies and a completely different person from whom

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