Daisy's View Of Wealth In The Great Gatsby

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Since the beginning of mankind, society has always been functioning around the desire to love and be loved. This has never been more prevalent than they way it is demonstrated in The Great Gatsby. Based in the roaring 20s, the novel is focused on Gatsby attempting to win back his former love Daisy Buchanan. Ultimately failing, Gatsby persistently believed “that his love can rescue Daisy from a bad marriage and redeem his life for which has been sliding further into corruption” (Lewis 1773). Love has decided the actions, thoughts, and character throughout the duration of everyone 's life. Sometimes, as in the case of Gatsby’s, this principle leads to unfortunate results. It is for this reason that throughout the novel, The Great Gatsby, F. …show more content…
Throughout the novel, Gatsby has proven that his ideas about wealth do not compare to the rest of society 's opinion on the topic. Gatsby intended to woo Daisy through the fortune he acquired illegally via bootlegging and forgery (Rosenblum 531). However, “Because Daisy wants security above all things,” Tom ruined the chances for Gatsby by revealing “the illicit sources of Gatsby’s money” (Rosenblum 531). It is well known by every character in the novel that “at the age of thirty-two, having accumulated his wealth through shady enterprises connected with major-league criminality, he is a bizarre combination of an elegant gallant man and a love-struck youth.” (Lewis 1773). Perhaps Gatsby would have had a better fate if he had not had wealth coming from Bootlegging and other mysterious activities. (Lindberg 49). Gatsby simply did not comprehend the greater significance of the Buchanans’ wealth over his own (Bruccoli 1). Furthermore, “his insecure grasp of social & human values, his lack of critical intelligence & self-knowledge, his blindness to the pitfalls that surround him in American society, his compulsive optimism, are realized in the text with rare assurance & understanding. (Bewley 27). Gatsby simply never understood that by acquiring a mansion near Daisy, the object of his romantic quest (Tate 95), he not only pushed her farther away but also …show more content…
Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. “The years, for Gatsby have been devoted to the obsessive pursuit of wealth, which he wants only because he believes it will win Daisy for him” (Mangum 962). Throughout the novel, “Gatsby sees the possibilities, not the house itself. He is alive to the implications, and this keeps not only his vision, but reality as well fresh and vital” (Lindberg 48). Perhaps if society was not run so intensively by love, then Gatsby would have had a better fate. It is for this reason, and this reason only that Gatsby had an unfortunate fate in his

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