Why Is Wealth Important In The Great Gatsby

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“The Value of Wealth”
“The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a well known novel that highlights the arduousness of materialism, not only in the roaring 20’s but also in current society. Throughout the intriguing novel, wealth is brought into account frequently, and ironically causes major conflicts. In the first chapter, the idea that not all people live in prosperity and that wealth does not define a person is spoken by the narrator, speaking of what his father told him, the quote reads;
“In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I 've been turning over in my mind ever since."Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone," he told me, "just remember that all the people in this world haven 't had the advantages that you 've had.”
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The character Daisy supports the idea that money does not buy happiness. This is shown in chapter one when Nick goes to Daisy’s house. She has polo horses, a massive mansion, and lives a life a leisure - yet she is not happy. Daisy is not pleased with her marriage, she even told Jordan the day before her wedding that she did not want to marry him as she was holding a letter from Gatsby in her hand. Living in the 1920’s meant you married within your social class, and she felt trapped with Tom. “I’m p-parylyzed with happiness” is a quote that Daisy said, but is she really happy or is she just stuck in a world of wealth? Correspondingly, Myrtle, the woman of lower class was not happy either because she only wanted wealth. Myrtle was trying to rise up to wealth by having an affair with Tom. She was attracted to his money, he had even bought her a dog, and minutes later broke her nose, and she stayed with him. The irony attached to wealth in this story is evident; wealth has always been assumed to be a solution to problems, but in “The Great Gatsby” money is the prime source of

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