Money Or Love: A Theme Paper Over The Great Gatsby

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What is more important to you love or money and financial security? This theme plays out a lot in The Great Gatsby. Readers are constantly left wondering what certain characters are going to do. One of those characters is Daisy. We are also waiting to see what she is going to do such as if she will finally leave Tom for Gatsby. In the end however, we find out that Daisy was for the most part just worried about money. When Daisy has a child she tells Nick that she was so happy when she had a daughter and that she hoped her daughter would be foolish and beautiful. When Daisy finds out that Gatsby got his money illegally she says that she still loves Tom. Then When Gatsby gets murdered she doesn’t even have the decency to show up to the funeral. Fitzgerald helps us develop the theme people try to find love in each other but instead they usually find love in money.
Daisy wants her daughter to be beautiful and foolish so that way her daughter can find a husband. On page 17 Daisy and Nick are having a conversation about when Daisy had her daughter. She was very happy that the baby was a girl. She tells Nick that she hopes that her little girl is a fool then she says, “that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool”. All Daisy really wants for her little girl is to be like that so she can marry a rich man. Nick explains to the readers in a few paragraphs after that, still on page 17, that it is a different society that Daisy is in. He says “ as if she had asserted her membership in a rather distinguished secret society to which she and Tom belonged”. Daisy knows that she lives in a different type of society. The woman basically does nothing and she wants the same thing for her daughter.
If Daisy really had loved Gatsby then she would have gone to his funeral. Throughout the book I was sure that Daisy really did love Gatsby, all until Gatsby’s funeral. No doubt if Daisy would have gone to Gatsby’s funeral that Tom would have been livid. But she loved this man for a long time and it was the least that she could do. And Gatsby really did love her considering he bought his house so he could be right by her. On page 76 Jordan is telling Nick about the day of Daisy’s wedding. She was very upset about the letter. She cried and got very intoxicated. She tells Jordan “ Tell ‘em all Daisy’s change’ her mine. Say: ‘Daisy’s change’ her mine!’’’ The letter is presumably from Gatsby. But if she loved him this much she should have went to his funeral. On page 164 Nick is trying to contact people so they can attend the funeral. He tries calling over to Daisy’s house but when he calls he gets one of the people that works for Daisy and Tom and he tells Nick that “ she and Tom had gone away early that afternoon, and taken baggage with them.” Daisy and Tom didn’t leave an address and didn’t say how to reach them. This just proves the point that people really find...

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