Money And Materialism In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby
Within the characters’ relationships in The Great Gatsby, money and materialism are huge motivators. Most of the characters reveal themselves to be highly materialistic, their motivations driven by their desire for money and material possessions. Wealth, material possessions, and power are the core values of the "American Dream" which characters such as Daisy, Tom, Gatsby and Myrtle all try to achieve or have achieved to some degree.
For many Americans, like the characters in Fitzgerald's novel, the American dream is a dream which is based solely upon reaching a higher standard of living. Gatsby is one of these Americans who wants to achieve that dream. Gatsby based his whole self-being on how much money he earned, and the possessions he had, such as buying a fancy house and owning a fancy car which "everybody had seen" (Fitzgerald 65). Gatsby felt that with money there came …show more content…
The description highlights the extraordinary extent of Gatsby’s money and materialism. In contrast to the small dinner party that Nick attends at Tom and Daisy’s expensive but not overly ostentatious mansion. Everything about Gatsby’s newly acquired wealth is over-the-top and showy, from the crates of oranges brought in and juiced by a fancy machine operated by the butler, to the orchestra (Fitzgerald 41). Everyone who comes to the parties is attracted by Gatsby’s money and wealth, making the culture of money-worship a society-wide trend in the novel, not just something our main characters fall victim to. No one comes due to close personal friendship with Gatsby or because they were invited but for the spectacle alone. After all, “People were not invited – they went there” (Fitzgerald 42). Which is why hardly anyone showed up to Gatsby’s funeral in the end since they were only attracted by his money and the parties he threw, not to Gatsby