Money, Love, and Aspiration in The Great Gatsby, by Roger Lewis.
Queer Relations Between Love and Money in. The Great Gatsby. This essay examines relationships between men and the role patriarchal cap- italism plays in. In The Great Gatsby, money is a huge motivator in the characters' relationships, Nick's connection to Daisy in turn makes him attractive to Gatsby. In other words, wealth is presented as the key to love – such an important. "However glorious might be his future as Jay Gatsby, he was at Relationships in the Great Gatsby are built on the concept of wealth and.
He enters a world where money takes priority over morals and materialism has begun to overshadow the spiritual side of the American Dream, allowing materialism to overpower his pursuit of love. Gatsby saw it as a way of getting closer to the society that he wanted to get closer to. At the same time this also provides Myrtle with a dream of escaping her world.
The most significant character for examining the relationship of love and money is Gatsby himself. One of the most applicable examples of Gatsby linking his love with money is his portrayal of Daisy: It is a remark from somebody alive to the possibilities of love yet also aware of monetary aspects, and sensitive to them.
Gatsby is a dreamer and a romantic. Her decision to marry Tom proved that her true love is money instead of the previously underprivileged Gatsby with a low social status. However, Daisy becomes a changed person and realises that to leave her husband would be morally wrong, and that she does indeed love the man that she chose to marry.
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This brings Gatsby to his realisation that the love between Daisy and himself is an inferior one, in that it came after Daisy married Tom, and perhaps more importantly, after he gained his wealth.
The fact that Gatsby has achieved his wealth through criminal activities is not important to Daisy, all she sees is the wealth and objects that Gatsby possess. At this point in The Great Gatsby the relationship between love and money has been suggested but not enlarged, as it will be later.
Rather, withholding exactly who Gatsby is or where he comes from is a method of underscoring the rootlessness of postwar American society, its restless alienation, and its consequent reliance on money as a code for expressing emotions and identity.
Fitzgerald seems at every point to emphasize the unconnected-ness of Gatsby. When they do not, they seem fantastic by being juxtaposed with others that do. And what does he do? How do the members of such a rootless, mobile, indifferent society acquire a sense of who they are? The novel presents large numbers of them as comic, disembodied names of guests at dinner parties: And it has other consequences for love, money, and aspirations as well.
One knows everything about oneself that can be known, and yet the significance of such knowledge is unclear, for no outside contexts exist to create meaning. The result is that a self-created man turns to the past, for he can know that. It is an inescapable context.
For Gatsby and for the novel, the past is crucial. His sense of the past as something that he not only knows but also thinks he can control sets Gatsby apart from Nick and gives him mythical, larger-than-life dimensions. A glance at the relationships in The Great Gatsby proves this latter point.
Even Nick seems unsure about his feelings for the tennis girl back in the Midwest. It too calls forth the need for money. In a draft manuscript of The Great Gatsby, Nick makes the link between money and desire explicit: In brief, the world of The Great Gatsby can seem as sordid, loveless, commercial, and dead as the ash heaps presided over by the eyes of Dr. Indeed, this atmosphere is so essential to The Great Gatsby that one of the alternative titles Fitzgerald considered for the novel was Among the Ash-Heaps and Millionaires.
Against this backdrop, the Gatsby-Daisy relationship seems to shine. It is at least a shared connection in which both partners respond with equal intensity. For Gatsby it has endured: He has loved Daisy for five years. It exists in the world of money and corruption but is not of it. Some implications of the inviolability Gatsby does not see. His very protesting, however, shows his sense of the impossibility of returning and makes at once more poignant and more desperate his effort to win Daisy—a poignancy further increased by the futility of his money in achieving this end.
His life had been confused and disordered since then, but if he could once return to a certain starting place and go over it all slowly, he could find out what that thing was… p. The period when he loved Daisy and when Daisy loved him preceded his period of fabulous wealth.
How Did The Power of Money Affect Daisy’s love for Gatsby?
In this respect, he fits the Alger stereotype. The period when his love becomes most intense, however, is precisely that in which he does not see Daisy. The love born in this period is therefore largely a function of his imagination. The kernel of his experience remains untouched because it is safely embedded in a previous time; the growth of the love is wild and luxuriant. Why does he wait so long to arrange a meeting and then use Jordan Baker and Nick Carraway to bring it about?
The answer is that the love becomes more important than the object of it. In such a world, Gatsby cannot make love to Daisy. And the moments of greatest intimacy between them are those when they neither speak nor make love: It must exist in the world of money.
If Gatsby dominates the first meeting with Daisy—the chapter ends at his house, on his territory—Tom dominates the denouement at the hotel. Daisy sees purposelessness as characterizing her whole life: Such a move takes the day away from Gatsby. It is before the five characters move to New York that Gatsby makes his famous remark to Nick: But Gatsby, with his boundless capacity for love, a capacity unique in the sterile world he inhabits, sees that the pursuit of money is a substitute for love.
He knows himself well enough to see that his own attraction toward wealth is tied to his love for Daisy. It is a statement of someone alive to the possibilities of love and money and sensitive to them—perhaps too much so. Tom could never have provided the description of Daisy. His attraction to Daisy has nothing to do with her wealth. Her family is well off, but apparently not very rich—certainly not compared to the Buchanan fortune. Money qua money holds no interest for him because it does not have to be chased after: His is old money simply there to be used.
Tom may buy anything he wishes—from polo ponies to cufflinks—but he understands that polo ponies or cufflinks are all he is buying. His money was divested of dreams before he was even born.
This newness gives the money some purpose and vitality; what Gatsby buys he buys for a purpose: But there is a danger for Gatsby in this redeeming purposefulness.
When he buys his fantastic house, he thinks he is buying a dream, not simply purchasing property. This direction makes Gatsby a more sympathetic man than Tom, but it is a sympathy he projects at the price of naivete; he is completely innocent of the limits of what money can do, a man who, we feel, would believe every word of an advertisement] Daisy even makes this identification: In this respect Gatsby embodies the acquisitive, consuming spirit of the rest of the characters in the novel.
Gatsby does not see that the corruption at the base of his fortune in effect compromises his vision of life with Daisy. You cannot win the ideal with the corrupt, and you cannot buy integrity or taste with dollars. So stated, this has a moralistic ring, but no reader of The Great Gatsby could ever mistake it for a didactic work.
The reader is at many points encouraged to marvel at the glitter, especially as it is the means by which Gatsby chases after Daisy. Yet such participation can never be wholehearted and can never be complete: What does remain is the marriage of Tom and Daisy. The future, uncertain and without love, is a kind of death -rendering the world of The Great Gatsby grim indeed. Nick sees the oncoming years as harrowing and lonely ones.
What does life hold for a decent man like Nick? He has no love, unlike Gatsby. That, however, has already been presented to us as a troubled one. For him love has vanished, and he is left without a vision to sustain him.
Both have aspired to marry above their social station. But there the similarity ends. Yet it is worth noting that Gatsby has tried to do what probably no other developed male character in a major work of American fiction has tried to do. He has tried to marry for love into a class higher than the one he comes from. Usually women make such an attempt, namely, Sister Carrie, Lily Bart, and a host of others.
Clyde Griffiths, like Gatsby, tries to rise from humble beginnings in the Midwest to a larger, more glamorous life in the East.