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Wealth and Greed in the Great Gatsby

Wealth and Greed in the Great Gatsby

Wealth, greed and the problems that come from money are recurring themes in many stories, including The Great Gatsby. This book revolves around the relationships that develop because of money and the impact that money has on the characters and their behavior towards each other. In The Great Gatsby, people have big houses, nice cars and a privileged lifestyle. At first money is the entry to a lavish life, great parties, and a world of extravagance. Then in the end, it brings everyone down. Money creates more problems than it is worth.

Jay Gatsby loves Daisy. She loves Jay Gatsby. Money gets in the way when Daisy tells Jay that he is not rich enough for her. Gatsby spends years making the money by becoming a bootlegger. He believes that this money would buy Daisy’s love, after all Daisy tells him that “rich girls don’t marry poor boys.” Jay Gatsby became a very rich man only after being rejected by Daisy because he does not have enough money. Gatsby wants Daisy so badly that he uses immoral and illegal ways to make his money. The irony is that he chooses a life of immoral and illegal behavior to get a woman, who in the end, he never gets. In fact, he looses everything, including his life.

Another person affected by the impact of money and greed is George Wilson, a man who lives in the Valley Of Ashes, an industrial area in New York. This community is poverty stricken, a polluted industrial wasteland very much the opposite of the lavish life of the Eggs, where Daisy and Gatsby live. He owns a gas station and is married to Myrtle, Tom Buchanan’s lover. Myrtle becomes part of Tom’s lavish life and is seduced by the money she sees Tom spending on his beautiful lifestyle. She hopes to leave George but instead has a tragic accident. Myrtle runs into the street and is hit and killed by Daisy who is driving Gatsby’s car. . George becomes enraged and kills Gatsby and then kills himself. Unlike the rest of the characters in the story, George is not wealthy and corrupted by his money and greed. However, unfortunately the wealth and greed of...

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