The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

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The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, demonstrates how wealth and power were important elements of social structure during the Roaring Twenties. Jay Gatsby and Tom Buchanan are characters who have been tarnished by their prosperity and power. This status as wealth and powerful individuals affects how they perceive the world around them, and has contributed to the change in the characters portrayed in the novel. Jay Gatsby is a man who obtained his fortune through illicit means and is drive to acquire the love of Daisy. Jay Gatsby believed that wealth would bring him happiness as he would be able to capture the heart of Daisy by maintaining her lavish lifestyle. Tom Buchanan’s wealth was obtained through the inheritance of his family’s old money. For Tom, money has no value as it wasn’t earned but for Gatsby money is the key to his happiness. Throughout the novel, Gatsby’s only objective is to win back the heart of Daisy; who happens to be married to Tom. Both these men love Daisy in their own way and due to this idea of so-called love they make bad decisions that will have serious consequences for everyone involved. However, Gatsby and Tom are also very different with the measures they take to obtain Daisy’s love. Everything revolves around Daisy in regards to these two characters. Gatsby’s objective is to have Daisy fall in love with him and leave Tom; whereas Tom’s objective is to keep Daisy from leaving. Although Jay Gatsby and Tom Buchanan differ…

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