The Great Gatsby

Money can't buy love

Moral Corruption

The 1920's, when the book takes place, was a time of celebration in which people strayed from the tradition conservative ways of the generation before them. When people think of traditional, marriage comes to mind. However, the characters do not abide by their traditional vows they have made to their spouse. For example, Tom had an affair with Myrtle and Daisy had an affair with Gatsby. Morally. whether one is married or not, someone does not cheat on their significant other if they love them, but this is not the case in the story.

Old money VS. New money

Old money and new money is the difference between East Egg and West Egg. East Egg is home to more "conservationists." They spend their money on things like art, historical attributions, and the more necessary luxuries. West Egg is the home to more lavish people. They spend their money on things to pertaining to their appearance and things that will keep their social standing high. We see this idea of "new money" greatly in Daisy and Tom. Daisy is always dressed to impressed and they travel to all different places of the world for no special reason.

Appearance vs. reality

Looks can be very deceiving. Daisy appears to be happy and content with her life considering she has everything a girl could want. She has a handsome husband, grand home, a daughter, and an extended wardrobe. However, she is not content at all. She has it all, but is lonely. We can tell this because Nick's first dinner at Daisy's she cries out for attention. She acts weird and makes Nick feel uncomfortable. One would not think that someone who appears to have the world, would in reality feel so lonely.

False promise of American Dream

This story is a great example of trying to achieve the American Dream. However, the characters in this story do not work to earn this honestly. They lie and cheat to get what they want. Gatsby becomes rich through illegal affairs. He tries to steal another mans wife and gets killed in the process.

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