Great Gatsby Materialism

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Humans are weak. Although one may try acting tough and intimidating, everyone has a weakness. In The Great Gatsby written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, one of the main problems of human beings is mentioned to the readers. This great flaw that humans hold deep in their hearts is the greed for materials, fame, and glory. The main character, Jay Gatsby, is very materialistic and values riches and fame over everything else. The way he acts and the choices he makes all point in the direction of the natural tendency of the human race to fall at the sight of riches. Although this materialistic value of humans may not seem too great of a problem, it is the key factor that leads to the demolition of one’s life. It changes one’s life into becoming a “species …show more content…
Although it seems very fabulous and glossy, materialistic value centered life leads a person to himself alone and makes one live one’s life only for oneself (Voegeli 5). Gatsby doesn’t have an actual friend in his whole life. After his death, barely no one shows up at his funeral. When Nick tries calling others that may want to come to the funeral everyone declines. Daisy doesn’t pick up nor send flowers or messages, Wolfsheim cares not to associate himself with a dead partner, and Klipspringer has already continued his life elsewhere and only cares about his lost shoes . The few people that do show up are Nick, Gatsby’s father, and Owl- eyes, a very minor character in the book. When Nick talks to Mr. Gatz, Nick senses that Mr. Gatz is very bemused and doesn’t seem to care too much (Parkinson 112). The only person to show compassion towards the death of Gatsby is Owl- eyes. While alive, Gatsby stood out from the crowd because of his wealth and the huge parties he held. Gatsby’s “hospitality secures him a hold on many people’s memories, but Fitzgerald is quick to point out the emptiness of this” (Lathbury 74). Even though they may remember the name Gatsby throughout their lives, most people at the party barely knew him or what he looked

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