The Great Gatsby Theme Essay

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“I don’t care too much for money, money can’t buy me love.” – The Beatles. The Beatles would choose happiness over money, would you? Most people would probably not think about it and choose money, but a few would choose happiness. In this theme paper, Jay Gatsby, Tom Buchanan, and Daisy Buchanan show us that dissatisfaction and the want for more can lead to worse things.

Jay Gatsby was one of the richest people in West Egg. He had everything that he could ever ask for, but he still wasn’t happy. Jay Gatsby thought that he had to be rich to be with Daisy, but he was wrong. He told Daisy that he wanted to make something of himself before they got married. Well, Jay ended up going to fight in ...view middle of the document...

A while later, Jay ended up going to war, and Daisy was left to marry Tom Buchanan. Right before Daisy was about to be married to Tom, Jordan walks into her room and sees Daisy drunk. Daisy says on page 76, “Tell ‘em all Daisy’s change’ her mine. Say: ‘Daisy’s change’ her mine!’” Daisy did not want to marry Tom. Jordan also says that Daisy had a bottle of Sauterne in one hand and a letter in the other. The letter was most likely from Jay Gatsby, telling her that he had come back from the war, which explains why she did not want to marry Tom anymore.

Tom Buchanan also had all the money he could ever need. However, he was not happy. He had a mistress, Myrtle Wilson, in New York that he visited regularly. Daisy obviously wasn’t enough for Tom. He had Myrtle as his ‘toy’ that he could use whenever he wanted. Daisy was also not satisfied with Tom. On page 12, Daisy shows that her knuckle is black and blue. She also says, “You did it, Tom. That’s what I get for marrying a brute of a man, a great, big, hulking physical specimen of a—“. Tom must have hurt her. She would have left Tom by now, but his wealth made her stay. This says that neither Tom nor Daisy was happy with what each other.

Even after Jay Gatsby had gotten Daisy to be with him, he wanted more. Instead of her just leaving Tom for him, he wanted her to say that she never loved Tom. On page 132, Daisy tells Jay, “Oh, you want too much! I love you now—isn’t...

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