Examples Of Materialism In The Great Gatsby

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“ The Great Gatsby” F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, “The Great Gatsby” brings up one of the most important goals of all people in the 1900s to today. The book centers around a handful of characters who all want similar things. This thing that was desired so much was the American Dream. The American dream set in Fitzgerald’s novel is slightly different than the dream that had begun with the first settlers. In this book the thing everyone strives for is based off of superficial and materialistic goals, the characters all want to just become as rich as they can and mainly care about money and power. Fitzgerald uses wealth, irresponsibility, and materialism as symbols to portray that the dream is unachievable. Throughout the story, Fitzgerald suggests that the state of the American Dream is more hallow and shallow through each person. Jay Gatsby portrays a good example of the American Dream. He was a flashy celebrity who obtained wealth to impress the girl he loved most, Daisy. He fell in love with Daisy while he was a young solider, but when he went off to war they eventually split. When he came back to the United States, he finds that Daisy is married to another man, Tom, and figures the only way he can win her heart back is to become rich. He threw extraordinary parties to show off and…show more content…
Jay Gatsby’s social status and wealth were the main reasons he didn’t get to be with Daisy. When he finally did obtain it, he still could not win her over. Learning that there are something’s money can’t buy. Daisy eventually does start showing interest back into Gatsby, but it is only because of his Wealth. When she figures people look down on him and his wealth, she was no longer interested. Characters in the novel were all blinded by own selfish desires and were so irresponsible that none of their dreams came

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