Wealth Creates Monster In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

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Patel 1 Jaival Patel
Dr. Steltenkamp
11 L.C. English
26th February 2018
Wealth Creates Monsters
Wealth can bring out the absolute worst in people. Although it has the capabilities to bring a sense of power and accomplishment it can also create a monster within a person. Such is the case in F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby. The majority of the characters were far wealthier than they could handle as consequently, they were irresponsible and destructive. Tom Buchanan, born into a wealthy family, consistently uses his money as a means of power to diminish others and live the reckless life that he desires. In the novel Nick says, “His family were enormously wealthy — even in college his freedom with money was a matter for reproach”(Fitzgerald 10). This shows how wealthy Tom is since the beginning and even in college Tom could do whatever he wanted because of the wealth he possessed. Fitzgerald also states, “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”(Fitzgerald 41). This shows how aggressive , short-tempered and strong Tom is. Also this quote shows how Tom is spoiled and wants everything his way and if in case something doesn’t go
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Often, Jordan lies to maintain a flawless reputation in addition she shows little concern for others. In the novel nick describes Jordan as “incurably dishonest”. Nick called Jordan dishonest because he found out that she cheated in golf championship. In the novel Nick finds Jordan attractive because of her attitude and her beauty. Nick Says “Suddenly I wasn't thinking of Daisy and Gatsby any more but of this clean, hard, limited person who dealt in universal skepticism and who leaned back jauntily just within the circle of my arm”. In this quote Nick describes how jordan is gorgeous , not only at heart but also with her

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