The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

1038 Words Aug 26th, 2015 5 Pages
Throughout history, the love for objects has debatably never been as high in society as in the twenty first century. Everything is produced in massive scales, from beauty products to food at the grocery store; people hardly go anywhere without their cell phones, and brands define clothing and the people who wear them. These values did not just appear overnight however; they have been breeding in the United States since as early as the 1920s. Characters in literary works from that time period can prove this to us, mirroring how society influenced them and placed such an emphasis on wordly items. The pernicious materialism in F. Scott Fitzgerald 's novel The Great Gatsby leads the characters Myrtle and Daisy to believe that happiness can be found through temporary possessions, when it really only leads to a consuming sense of dissatisfaction. In the story, Daisy 's materialism is subtle and masked by the narrator 's fascination with her, but in the end it becomes apparent that worldliness is part of her even though it has never made her content. When Daisy is at Gatsby 's house for the first time and is browsing through his wide collection of expensive shirts, she suddenly "bent her head into the shirts and began to cry stormily. ‘They 're such beautiful shirts,’ she sobbed, her voice muffled in the thick folds. ‘It makes me sad because I 've never seen such—such beautiful shirts before’ "(Fitzgerald 98). At first, this scene is surprising and confusing; what reasons does…

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