WHERE THERE IS LIFE THERE IS GREED

Greed is the cause of societies failure.

Everybody has dreams. Some people dream about being so rich they can fill their hot tub with pure gold coins. Some people dream about meeting the perfect guy on the beach, spending the day together and falling in love watching the sunset. Some people dream about running away from their boring home to Hollywood to become the next undiscovered actor. But in the end it doesn’t really matter what your dream is, what matters is what you are willing to do to achieve that dream. In The Great Gatsby, Daisy, Gatsby, and Myrtle all had dreams too. Like the example above, their dreams were about money, love and a better life. But their dreams were ridden with greed to the point that they were hurting the people they cared about in order to get their dreams. In today’s society maybe people are influenced by the same greed. For the Gatsby society, greed was the reason for their downfall and the same will go for our society if we continue down this path.

In The Great Gatsby, greed influenced every part of their life. If we aren’t careful, this could be the slogan for our new society.

I’ll bet you that Daisy’s first word was money. Even if it wasn’t it will definitely be her last because that it how her voice is described. “Her voice was full of money…that was the inexhaustible charm that rose and fell in it…High in the white palace the king’s daughter, the golden girl….” Daisy’s greed for money started from the day she was born. Being brought up in a wealthy family influenced her judgment as an adult. Once she found on Gatsby was poor she left him Tom. But when she was reunited with Gatsby, and he was richer than Daisy’s wildest day dreams, he became the perfect man. The first time she visits Gatsby’s house, Gatsby shows Daisy all of his fine shirts. “‘They’re such beautiful shirts,’ she sobbed, her voice muffled in the thick folds. ‘It makes me said because I’ve never seen such- such beautiful shirts before.’ ” The significance of the shirts was that they were very expensive but Gatsby was able to afford them now. Although she might have had feelings for either of them at one point, in the end she was still a greedy girl obsessed with money. Daisy wouldn’t have even considered either of them if they were poor.
In today’s society, the slang term for someone like Daisy is gold digger. All over the news you hear stories of young women marrying rich old men. At first it’s all about love at first sight and finding their true sole mate. But soon enough a divorce is filed and the fight over money show’s the women’s true intentions for the marriage. In 2010, there were 2,395,000 marriages in America and 1,154,000 of them ended in divorce. Out of all those divorces, 53% of them were because of money problems. That’s because the man realizes that the girl was just with him for his money but by then she has already spent so much of it on manis and pedis, and trips to Vegas with her girlfriends and who knows what else. The point is none of this money goes to good use. The money could have been donated to an organization, or given to a family member who is struggling to put food on the table for his wife and kids. Let’s just say that that money would have been better anywhere else than in a young greedy gold digger’s hands. If this continues to happen the only business’s that will be open is plastic surgery and clubs.

This picture symbolized how all Daisy thought about was money because she was so greedy.

Yet another form of greed shown in The Great Gatsby is Gatsby’s greed for love. Ever since his first kiss with Daisy he devoted his life to her. “He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God.” Five years had passed since that kiss and yet Gatsby still was determined to get her back. And he knew there was only one way to win the heart of Daisy, get rich. “He and this Wolfsheim bought up a lot of side-street drug-stores here and in Chicago and sold grain alcohol over the counter. That’s one of his little stunts” Gatsby didn’t help anyone except himself when he became rich. Sure he threw fabulous parties which I’m sure had some memorable moments, but in the end it was all for Daisy. All the lying, scheming, illegal business deals, and yes even the parties, were because he was willing to do anything to have Daisy. And because this love story didn’t begin like a Nicolas Sparks book, it doesn’t end like one either. Gatsby is shot and killed because he took the blame for Daisy. This, in turn, becomes the downfall to the entire society.

Instead of spending five years searching for love, online dating has made it much easier for the single to mingle nowadays. The hard part about online dating is that you can never tell if the person is telling the truth. After just one questionnaire, a fat, hairy man who lives with his parents can become a six foot five British model with a mysterious side. Now, lying on your online profile isn’t exactly illegal but it’s not the right way to find love. A hopeful girl will be very disappointed when she actually meets the guy she’s been talking to for a week and finds out he looks nothing like a British model and the only thing mysterious about him is if he has showered in the past month. Online dating has made it easier for people to lie about their lives in order to find love, just as Gatsby lied about the way he became rich. No good came from when Gatsby lied and definitely no good is going to come from this society lying about themselves and where they came from as well, even if they say it’s in the name of love.

Although Gatsby was in love with Daisy, he had to become rich to win her over, which is why this heart is made of money.

Myrtle was another person in The Great Gatsby who let herself be consumed with greed. For Myrtle, her greed was for a different and better life. She was unsatisfied living in the Valley of Ashes so she did everything she could to change that. She realized all that she had to do was forget about her husband and bat her eyelashes as some rich man who would give her anything she wanted. Her very intentions for her relationship with Tom were clear by the way she described their first meeting. “He had on a dress suit and patent leather shoes, and I couldn’t keep my eyes of him…” Myrtle noticed Tom’s clothes first and realizing only a rich man would be wearing that outfit, she became interested in him. What did it matter that she was married or the man she was sneaking around with had a family back home? She was no longer a nobody girl from the Valley of Ashes, but someone who changed dresses more than once each night and received any gift she wanted, including a puppy. Little did she know that the mess she made with Tom would lead to her death and then create a chain reaction that took down the whole society.
There’s always going to be social classes that separate people from each other in society. The rich and famous will be in one, and the regular working classes in another and at the bottom will be the poor. There are always a select few under the fist class who are termed wannabes. Myrtle is a perfect example of a wannabe in The Great Gatsby. In today’s society, the wannabes are usually people who are dying to become a famous actor or singer and are willing to do anything to get there. Sadly, these wannabes don’t even need any talent. If they are able to manipulate the right people they can become just as famous as Taylor Swift or One Direction. Let’s take Rebecca Black for an example. Here is a girl with no natural talent but she was able to get on the inside and worm her way into a song and music video. Although she only had a slim amount of fame that is all any wannabe wants, just a little taste of the famous life and they’re satisfied. With too many wannabes willing to do just about anything to be in the limelight, this society is falling down hill faster than Jack and Jill.

In our society, Hollywood is a symbol of fame for wannabes, just like the East Egg was for Myrtle.

In the end, everything always comes back to greed. In The Great Gatsby, greed took over Daisy, Gatsby and Myrtle’s lives and left them all worse than how they started. Greed ruined the Gatsby society because it was more important to them then anything else. Myrtle and Gatsby upset the natural order of things by having affairs with Tom and Daisy. Everyone’s motive for being in these affairs was greed, either for love, money, or a better life. These affairs lead to a chain reaction and both Myrtle and Gatsby are killed which causes the society to fail. The same thing is going to happen to America’s society as well because it is very similar to the Gatsby society. People are very greedy for things they don’t have instead of being thankful for what they do have. Greedy people only care about their own selfish needs. Greed for money, love, and a better life are influencing good people to do bad things. It is tricking them into thinking they are better off risking everything to get what they need rather than be happy and thankful for what they have. If we aren’t able to realize what this greed is doing to our society soon enough, then we will meet the same tragic end as The Great Gatsby.

America’s society must choose their path. Either remain the same and fail, or change and have a chance at success.