The Importance Of Money In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

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Money has always been a dilemma throughout civilization. Financial stability as well as other people’s social hierarchy is also something many people in different decades and until now deal with. At times, money can cause to take control over a person due to their strong desire to have a large amount of money in their pockets as well as using that money to become powerful. Usually, the drive to earn money is because they want to raise there social hierarchy or to live a lifestyle of buying unnecessary things to fill the empty void inside there chests due to there loneliness that they feel. This sometimes can cause the person to become cold and obsessed with money. Scott Fitzgerald's “The Great Gatsby” portrays a story of a wealthy mysterious …show more content…
But money controls humans and overtime it can change how they think of themselves. Myrtle, Tom’s mistress, was someone from a lower social hierarchy who thought she went from the bottom to the top because of someone else’s wealth, Tom’s. Throughout the novel, Nick observes how Myrtle acts towards people she would interact with and overtime, he sees how money turned her into a narcissistic snob that causes her to belittle her husband of twelve years, George Wilson “I married him because I thought he was a gentleman,” she said finally. “I thought he knew something about breeding, but he wasn’t fit to lick my shoe.”( pg 67 Fitzgerald). Myrtle feels as though she is more superior than others around her because of how Tom had spoiled her (dresses, a dog and a apartment in New York) she thought that she had escaped her misery of being with her husband who had no money. With that money, Myrtle has also tried to make herself appealing to Tom because she was jealous of Daisy. She tries to change herself with all the money he has given her but it never works because Tom loves Daisy. No matter how much money you have, it will never amount to who you are or change where you came

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