The Great Gatsby

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Can't Buy Me Love (The False Promise of Wealth and Materialism)

Towards the beginning of the book, Nick speaks to the fact of how wealth is essentially happiness. He refers to Gatsby and how he has all these big parties that are hosted by him and how he has so many friends. Later, however, the reader discovers that Gatsby has very few friends. One can see this when Gatsby's funeral has very few attendees.

The Twilight Zone (Appearance v. Reality)

In the book "The Great Gatsby," many situations and characters aren't all they're cracked up to be. For instance, Daisy seems stolid and not afraid of anything when in reality, she feels so afraid because she killed Myrtle that she then decided to flee. Gatsby also seems that he was raised in wealth when he was actually raised in poverty and brought himself to wealth later in life.