As the saying goes “money can’t buy happiness”. It is often believed that money bring superficiality and hypocrisy into the lives of the wealthy. F. Scott Fitzgerald criticizes the lives of the characters in The Great Gatsby by showing how fabricated their lives really are by leading the reader to the consequences of the actions of the characters. The superficiality and hypocrisy of the novel are well shown in Gatsby since he dedicated his life to winning over the love of his life, Daisy, by gaining wealth and living extravagantly. Myrtle also demonstrates these qualities by having an affair with Tom Buchanan. Another example of how shallow wealth has made some people is Tom, who is only interested in money and is unfaithful to his wife, Daisy.
Gatsby dedicated his life to convincing Daisy Buchanan that he was worthy of her love and to winning her back from her husband. Gatsby’s life demonstrated how superficial the wealth made him and the affect of hypocrisy on his life. His wealth enabled his superficiality and he lost sight of what should have mattered. He tried to be someone he wasn’t by gaining money to impress Daisy. He was entirely fabricated other than his obsession for Daisy, which was all too real. He lied about his background as well as how he came across his money. Eventually, his dream of the ideal girl, Daisy, disintegrates, exposing the superficiality and corruption that the wealth had caused him. Daisy says
“Even alone, I can’t say I never loved Tom, it wouldn’t be true.” p.126
That was the moment Gatsby realized his fantasy had ended. Saying Gatsby is superficial does not cover the extent of his fabricated life.
“The truth was that Jay Gatsby, of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his platonic conception of himself...So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen year old boy would be likely to invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the end.” pg. 95, lines 8-15
His invented life shows how immature he really is,...