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Money In Society Essay

827 words - 4 pages

Money determines many things and it has been that way for a very long time. It determines where one stands in society and the people one would typically associate with. Those people, more usually than not, have the same social status. Daisy Buchanan of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, The Great Gatsby, loved a man of little money who turned into a “new money” man, but she came from an “old money” family. This novel, taking place in the 1920s, is a great example of how money shapes and plays a role in a persons life.
People who inherit their money from their family and is passed down from generation to generation are known as “old money” and people who actually work and earn their riches are known as ...view middle of the document...

Gatsby had met Daisy one summer when he was in the army. He did not have nearly as much money back then. He went through the trouble of earning all of this money to try to get the love of his life back. “She began to cry-she cried and cried...started off on a three months’ trip to the South Seas” (76). She was expected to marry a man that was old money just like she was. She did get married and she got married to Tom Buchanan even though she still loved Gatsby. She loved him dearly, but she couldn’t wait around for him forever. There was no way that she could wait around when there was no way to know that Gatsby would be coming home or not. “Tom’s got some woman in New York” (15). However, Daisy was not the only person who cared for someone in a different social class. Myrtle Wilson was Tom’s mistress. He cared for her and bought her the things she couldn’t have considering she wasn’t very wealthy. Money in society determines who a person should be associating with and who they should be bound to through marriage.
One of Gatsby’s employers, Dan Cody, was a very wealthy man. However, he was only wanted for his money. “And...

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