The Theme Of Wealth In The Great Gatsby

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Wealth at the Heart of Gatsby Money ties back to everything in near any circumstance. Education, friends, most if not all opportunities relate to the amount of cash in the bank. Wealth divides classes, relationships, and causes dissatisfaction during the 1920s and still today. Yet still so many pursue this gifted cure. “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald relates to the theme of wealth by providing clear social divisions, tearing relationships, and evaluating the internal costs of such a hefty bank account. In “The Great Gatsby”, Long Island New York is divided into three parts and three corresponding social classes. The East Egg is “old money” and they are the highly elite of citizens who inherited their money from generations past. …show more content…
Even the supposedly “Great” Jay Gatsby only came to where he is through selling illegal alcohol to consumers and pursuing business with mob boss Mr. Wolfsheim. Relationships are brought together and torn apart like an arts and crafts project. Tom continuously cheats on his wife with Myrtle who is also married, and other working class women. Daisy and Gatsby are fooling around behind Tom’s back at the same time creating a tension like no other. Jordan and Nick are brought together by the drama and then torn apart by the same drama that put them together. When things go from bad to worse, Daisy and Tom leave and desert the mournful Mr. Wilson and dead Gatsby. Nick says “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy. They smashed up things and creatures” (pg. 187) This quote supports that even though Tom and Daisy were the most guilty in the book, they are the ones who go to live happily because of their wealth. Without it, they would have to be stuck on Long Island like the rest of the unlucky characters. Also, Daisy and Tom end up together in the end, never really splitting a part. Daisy could never leave Tom, because of the power he hold over her in the form of a dollar. Due to this no one really gets their happy ending other than Tom. It is never said whether or not he really changed, or if he continued his antics. Those antics however are driven from his underlying …show more content…
Although showered with elaborate and extremely nice items daily, the richest of the Rich like Tom and DAisy are constantly looking for people or materials to fill their voids created by money. Tom seemingly has it all, the “Golden Girl” wife, tons of cash, and a beautiful baby girl. However, he wants more. This leads to his ongoing affair with Myrtle who shows us the opposite side of the story. Myrtle is living in the Valley of Ashes and is surrounded by poverty. Her husband does not provide all that Tom can, a nice apartment, some fancy food, and even a little dog. Myrtle’s dissatisfaction for George leads her to cheat with Tom and drives a wedge between them eternally. Daisy is also not satisfied. She has lots of great material items but also has a strained relationship with her daughter and an unfaithful husband. Due to his money, she can not leave him without giving up her lifestyle. Even when Gatsby has the same wealth, she stays with Tom for the security of his money. Gatsby’s fortune can fall through at any time because of the way he got it, Tom’s will stay forever. There Daisy is stuck with a relationship that hardly is one and a baby she can’t even admire because of social standards. Throughout the novel, money only causes destruction and unhappiness. At Gatsby’s elaborate money fueled parties there was a tragic car accident, Daisy had to give up love

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