The Great Gatsby Materialism Essay

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“The road to success is not easy to navigate, but with hard work, drive and passion, it’s possible to achieve the American Dream” (Tommy Hilfiger). In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby illustrates an individual who, through his desire and his overwhelming sense of hope, earns the American Dream. However, this is distinctive to Tom Buchanan, who shows the benefits of being born into “old money”. During the 1920’s, everyone desired “new money” in order to acquire the same social and economic status as the generationally wealthy class. In The Great Gatsby, the desire to obtain the American Dream drastically impacts an individual 's perception to others. This is proven through the materialist demands from Myrtle, Tom’s arrogance and Gatsby’s pursuit for happiness. Myrtle Wilson 's aspiration to obtain a lavish life is the primary motivation for her affair with Tom Buchanan. Her decisions from the past are what consequently leads to her death near the conclusion of this novel. Myrtle’s desire to obtain a wealthy and powerful life provides an explanation as to why she wants to be with Tom, whom she portrays to represent her dreams. Already
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Wealth and power are a primary motivation for their desire to attain a lavish life, and whether it be Myrtle’s ambition for fame, Gatsby’s desire for Daisy, or Tom countless affairs, the American Dream corrupted each of these three characters and their perception to others. Readers can easily acknowledge the impact of the American Dream through not only the theme, but also character development within the novel. The Great Gatsby shows readers that one thing each of these characters were unable to realize is that money cannot buy anyone

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