As the whole nation celebrated winning World War l, a booming economy, an d their country, Jay Gatsby was celebrating a different type of dignity. Gatsby was no stranger when it came to pride, nor was he a stranger to flaunting it. He was wealthy, had a nice e house, was well known, and everyone envied him for what he possessed. Gatsby would flaunt his money and wealth by saying comments like, “My house looks well, doesn’t it” ( Fitzgerald). However the one thing he desired most that money could never buy was his love and pass on for Daisy.
Gatsby believed that he could win the love of the woman he longed for by shoo wearing her with materialistic items. Tom also took great pride in his earnings and believed he was a better man because of them. He exclaims, “Now don’t think my opinion on this matter is final just because I’m stronger and more of a man than you are” (Fitzgerald). He, along with Stats by feels content with the unnecessary materialistic items that he owns. Tom commits the sin o f adultery, as well, Hayes 2 and takes pride in his mistress.
Nick states that, ” he had one [ mistress who was insisted upon wherever he was known. His acquaintances resented the fact that he turned up in popular restaurants with her and, leaving her at a table, sauntered about, chatting wit h whomever he knew’ (Fitzgerald). He would rather think of himself as higher in status by BRB addicting his mistress to his friends and wife to embarrass them just so he can obtain the s distraction of putting himself above others. In the novel, the characters showcased their money an d popularity rather than family, love, happiness, and friendships.
As a result, Tom lost the pure 10 eve of his wife, and Gatsby/s materialistic items he worshipped never were good enough to empire as Daisy to win over her love . Gatsby was never a stranger for demonstrating gluttony, the sin of excess, tie her. He loved showering his guests with the most Usurious, materialistic gifts. He woo old throw lavishing parties at his mansion located in West Egg. He was proud of his possessions t hat most people would only dream of having. He owned his own plane, several expensive cars, and yachts.
Nick exclaims how, “Every Friday five crates of oranges and lemons arrived from a rewriter in New York. There was a machine in the kitchen which could extract the juice Of two hundred oranges in half an hour ” (Fitzgerald). He gives another example by describing how Gate sobs, ” Rollers became an omnibus, bearing parties to and from the city between nine in the morning and long past midnight, while his station wagon scampered like a BRI ski yellow bug to meet all trains” (Fitzgerald).
These glamorous and extravagant items and life’s Tyler, though, resulted in nothing positive. Gatsby drifted away from reality to a fantasy woo rid where he lived all things could be purchased or obtained. It took him to g and failure, as he Hayes 3 never received the love for Daisy, to understand that his wealth left nothing but materials that wouldn’t provide him with the most important thing: Quite obviously, an aspect in life that Gatsby does not lack, which I! Known, is his wealth and power.
Throughout the novel, Fitzgerald portrays Gig lever man who knows how to use his wealth to lure his guests and friends into liker even more importantly, Daisy to love him. His lavishing parties, mansion, and hi s ways of exhibiting how wealthy he proclaims to be. Tanner Tuna describes I The Tragedy of the American Dream on Long Island’s Gold Coast” that, ” Fitzgerald uses Gatsby elaborately staged weekend parties as another metaphor for the g Arial excess, and unrestrained d sire for pleasure that resulted in the corruption and disintegration e r I Can Dream ” (Tuna).
There was never any positive result from the con ails. Wealthy people during this time thought that everything had the potential t d right in their hands. Nick exclaims how, ‘Tom and Daisy they smashed up things and cry n retreated back not their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that together and let other people clean up the mess they made” (Fifth With greed and power being at the forefront of his thoughts, he begins to view Daisy as another object possess rather than a woman that he loves.