The Great Gatsby: Wealth Allows People to Be Careless and Dangerous

1826 Words Apr 9th, 2012 8 Pages
"I am still a little afraid of missing something if I forget that, as my father snobbishly suggested, and I snobbishly repeat, a sense of the fundamental decencies is parceled out unequally at birth" (Fitzgerald 7), as stated by Nick, shows that, in The Great Gatsby, class determines the value of a person’s identity. Even between the rich, those with old money are more respected than those with new money, since there is a history of wealth associated to those with old money. Wealth holds great priority in society, since it provides more opportunities. However, while it provides more opportunities, the characters in The Great Gatsby shows the negative aspects of money. In the book The Great Gatsby, it is seen that rich people are powerful …show more content…
Thus, Tom continues to push Daisy away since he knows that Daisy would not ask for a divorce, due to her stable life with Tom, which revolves around his wealth. In addition, Tom shows a very violent side when he abuses Myrtle by hitting her in the face. To illustrate, at a party in Tom and Myrtle’s apartment, the two begin to fight about the issue of Daisy, "Daisy! Daisy! Daisy!’ shouted Mrs. Wilson. ‘I’ll say it whenever I want to! Daisy! Dai-’ Making a short deft movement, Tom Buchanan broke her nose with his open hand" (39). So, this shows how short-tempered Tom is, since his response ending the fight with Myrtle is to hit her. Therefore, Tom is able to be violent with Myrtle since he does not expect her to leave or report him since Tom is able to buy Myrtle expensive gifts, such as the apartment and the puppy. This sort of lifestyle would be impossible for Mr. Wilson to provide Myrtle, guaranteeing that, as long as she is materialistic, she would continue the affair with Tom. Finally, Tom does little to stop the affair happening between Gatsby and his wife, Daisy. For example, when Daisy is flirting with Gatsby, "She had told him that she loved him, and Tom Buchanan saw. He was astounded. His mouth open a little and he looked at Gatsby, and then back at Daisy" (113). Hence, Tom is aware that there is some romance between his wife and Gatsby, but sits dumbfounded at the scene, rather than trying to win back Daisy’s…

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