For Love, Or Money? The Great Gatsby, By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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For Love, or Money?The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a novel about Jay Gatsby's constant quest to win over his love of the past, Daisy Buchanan. To Gatsby's misfortune, he finds that Daisy is married to the wealthy but cocky Tom Buchanan. Daisy is a modern day "gold-digger" she fails to realize her own arrogance, and the success of her relationship with Tom is measured upon the size of his pocketbook. Tom's secret lover, Myrtle Wilson becomes the victim of a hit-and-run. Tom shows Myrtle's husband to the door of Gatsby. Gatsby is shot while swimming in his pool for the first time. Nick Carraway, the narrator of the story, witnesses Gatsby's failure to relive his past and recapture the love of his life. Although Nick admires Gatsby's effort to use his newly acquired wealth for the intentions of love as opposed to Tom's use of it to be reckless, he thinks Gatsby's obsession is foolish.Before the war sent him packing, Jay Gatsby was seeing Daisy Fay. At that time Jay was not very wealthy, but he had high hopes as to what it would take to win over the girl of his dreams. After the war Gatsby was shocked, but not set off track when he found that Daisy married another man. Nick is constantly in awe of Gatsby's undying affection towards a woman that is married to another man, and is the same woman that betrayed him in the past. At first Nick thinks that Gatsby is not able to see through Daisy's lack of emotion until Gatsby says, "Her voice is full of money."(127). Gatsby says this because he realizes Daisy is a different person than he once knew. Gatsby can almost hear the difference in the odd cheerfulness in her voice. At that point in the novel, Nick realizes that Gatsby does not care what Daisy is like now, but he learns instead that Gatsby is in love with the Daisy he knew before the war. Gatsby's entire life and his only reason to become wealthy were to win over his love from the past.Tom Buchanan comes from "old-money". "Old-money" is a term for people that have money passed down to them from different generations. He has never had to work for anything, and his incredibly large amount of money is sufficient enough to allow him to be as careless as he wants. He never thinks about his actions because he knows that money is on his side and everybody sides with money. Tom cheats on his wife without a care in the world. His most recent desire is a Myrtle, the wife of a gas station owner. An example of Tom's carelessness and brutality is when he intentionally whacks Myrtle's face and breaks her nose after saying his wife's name, "Making a short deft movement Tom Buchanan broke her [Myrtle] nose with his open hand."(41). After doing this, Tom showed absolutely no signs of regret for his actions. This evil gesture of Tom's was not by itself. He figured to show his ownership of her by buying her a necklace that is much like the collar Myrtle put on her new puppy that was given to her from Tom. Myrtle could not argue with receiving gifts. Myrtle...

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