Relationship Between Gatsby And Old Money

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In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the barrier between "Old Money" and new money was an unbreakable wall due to the stock market boom during this time which in turn causes Gatsby and Daisy to have an unstable relationship. An article from the History Channel states, "The nation 's total wealth more than doubled between 1920 and 1929, and this economic growth swept away many Americans into an affluent but unfamiliar "consumer society"" ("The Roaring Twenties"). This shows that "New Money" was not as valuable during the 1920 's and was not seen as truly wealthy. Gatsby and Daisy have an unstable and unreliable relationship due to lying and the difference in social classes; some examples of hardships within this relationship are lying …show more content…
In order to be considered "Old Money", one must be born into it. Daisy, Tom, and Nick were born into a wealthy family which makes them suitable to marry one another. Tom 's "… [family has] "old money" [and] has a power beyond any that Gatsby can command" (Donaldson). People who are born into old money have power over people who have made new money. Gatsby believed that by attaining the same amount of money, he would be able to relate to Toms Old Money as well. The barrier between old money and new money can not be simply broken by earning the same amount of money. "Old money" was a lifestyle that could not be earned, it depended on ones whole family history regarding money. Gatsby was not dorm into "Old Money" and has to work for his money he is inconvenient. When Daisy gets the last letter from Gatsby she is heart broken. Gatsby was her first love and now there was nothing left of the relationship to her, but to Gatsby the love was just as strong as ever. After the breakdown "…half an hour later when we walked out of the room the pearls were around her neck and the incident was over" (Fitzgerald 83). When Daisy breaks pearls in this scene it represent the broken love Daisy has for Gatsby, and when the pearls where stitched back together this signifies daisy 's new love for Tom. The pearls also signify Toms …show more content…
Gatsby learns how to live "rich" from Dan Cody, but he teaches him inaccurately because he is a dishonest bootlegger. This was one reason why Tom and other people with "Old Money" look down upon people like Gatsby. Will states, "… in Nick 's reference to Gatsby 's "corruption"; in his opening claim that Gatsby "represented everything for which I have an unaffected scorn" (Fitzgerald 1999, 6); in his description of Gatsby 's career as "Trimalchio" (Will). This show the corruption of how Gatsby has made the money he has throughout the book. This also explains why Gatsby would keep this secret and lie to Daisy about how he makes his money. Tom sates, "‘I found out what your ‘drug stores’ were.’ He turned to us and spoke rapidly. ‘He and this Wolfshiem bought up a lot of side-street drug stores here and in Chicago and sold grain alcohol over the counter" (Fitzgerald 143). Daisy feels torn at this point because she knows that Gatsby has lied about how he earned his money. When Daisy realizes that Gatsby has lied how unstable Gatsby 's job and mooney is she sees that he is not a suitable match for her to

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