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Nuances Of Money In The Great Gatsby

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No American writer has understood money more than F. Scott Fitzgerald has, says James L. W. West III . "He knows money has a deadening effect on morality. It insulates people from the pain of others." Fitzgerald's books seem to give a clear picture of the influence of money upon people's behaviour and relationships during that time. The Great Gatsby is his most reflecting book of his deftness in showing how money and class distinguish mattered for the characters and how it affected them.Right from the first chapter, Fitzgerald displays a world of money, Nick describes Gatsby's mansion:My house was at the very tip of the egg, only fifty yards from the Sound, and squeezed between two huge places that rented for twelve or fifteen thousand a season. The one on my right was a enormous affair by any standard-it was a factual imitation of some Hotel de Ville in Normandy, with a tower on one side, spanking new under a thin eared of raw ivy, and a marble swimming pool, and more than forty acres of lawn and garden.Through nick's description, we can see that the mansion is an enormous, fabulous place. It is an accurate imitation of some Norman Hotel, with a tour on one side, a pool and a huge lawn. This is situated in West Egg where he lives, across the bay there was the fashionable palaces of West Eggers: "Across the courtesy bay the white palaces of fashionable East Egg glittered along the water" . On his first visit to the Buchanans, Nick is astonished by the grandeur of their palace:[…]Their house was even more elaborate than I expected, a cheerful red-and-white Georgian Colonial mansion, overlooking the bay. The lawn started at the beach and ran toward the front door for a quarter of a mile, jumping over sun-dials and brick walks and burning gardens-finally when it reached the house drifting up the side in bright vines as though from the momentum of its run. The front was broken by a line of French windows, glowing now with reflected gold and wide open to the warm windy afternoon […] .Tom and Daisy's house is described as one of the regal mansions across the courtesy bay that separates the East and West Eggs. The description of the Buchanan house landscape is adorned with a beautiful green lawn that "jumps over sundials and brick walks and burning gardens" . Their Georgian mansion is opened with French windows and doors, reflecting the year that the couple had spent living in France in the early years of their marriage. The beautiful outside of the house is similar to the outward appearance of Tom and Daisy's marriage. While they seem affectionate and proper on the outside, the relationship is truly littered with scandal and infidelity. The living room, as it is so aptly named, perfectly describes the married life of the Buchanan's: "The only completely stationary object in the room was an enormous couch on which two women were buoyed up as though upon an anchored balloon" . This parallels Tom's fickleness in that he was aptly able to...

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