The notion of money not being able to buy happiness is one that appears very frequently In literature. Fitzgerald Great Gatsby Illustrates more specifically how money can’t buy love. This novel demonstrates how Gatsby has vast amounts of wealth, but is still unable to find happiness, love, or even the respect and care of others. Gatsby throws lavish parties, trying to impress the elite social class. While at these parties he does not enjoy himself. The one thing that he really wants which is Daisy’s love, he believes he can obtain by money.
He is wrong, and even though he arks for many years trying to Impress others, at his bitter end he is alone, with next to no one who actually mourns his loss. Jay Gatsby portrays a glow resilience and superiorly to others, but this Is only a mask for his true feelings. All the Internal issues that he has, surface shortly into the novel. Throughout the summer that Nick is staying in West Egg, as Gatsby neighbor, he dramatists the lavish parties and gatherings that Gatsby hosts. Nick elaborates; “The bar is in full swing, and floating rounds of cocktails permeate the garden outside, until the air is alive with chatter ND laughter”.
We then learn that Gatsby is rarely even present at his own parties and that he lurks Inside for the majority of the time. Then why have the parties one might ask? Gatsby believes that his money can buy him to happiness, but even all the toys and friends in the world are unable to satisfy him. The one thing he really wants, over all else is what he can’t have… Daisy. The novel revolves around the complicated plot of Gatsby quest for Daisy’s love. Daisy is something that he has been obsessed with for a long time, and being with her is his ultimate life’s goal.
Jordan and Nick talk about the subject, “It was a strange coincidence,” I said. /”But It wasn’t a coincidence at all. ” “Why not? ” ‘”Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be Just across the bay. ” This shows how much Gatsby longs to be reunited with Daisy, and suggests to the reader that all the parties he threw were simply to lure Daisy back into his arms. When Gatsby is finally reunited with Daisy, and he shows her his house, it becomes clear that everything he has worked for and done was to impress Daisy. Nick narrates the scene in Gatsby house with Daisy, depicting
Gatsby reactions; “He hadn’t once ceased looking at Daisy, and I think he revalued everything In his house according to the measure of response It drew from her well- loved eyes. ” Everything Gatsby has acquired from his vast wealth was for Daisy, and now as she inspects it, he looks on longingly hoping that she approves and that it will impress her. Unfortunately this isn’t enough for Daisy because as much as she would like to fall in love with Gatsby once again, he is living in the past and she moved on and forgot about him long ago. The tragedy of Gatsby only gets worse when at the end he Is alone.
Despite his many efforts at gaining friends and becoming someone who Is looked up to by others, we see that his money becomes the base of his loneliness and it devours him to a point where he can only try and be happy by making others happy and surrounding himself by them. This does not work and we see that when he is gone, he is utterly forgotten. A legend of a fantastic summer but nothing more. Nick reflects; “it grew upon me that I was responsible, because no one else was interested– interested, I mean, with that intense personal interest to which everyone NAS some vague right at the end I wanted to get somebody tort him.
Nick has a very noble image of Gatsby and the idea of nobody being there to mourn his death was haunting to Nick. In the end after all that Gatsby does for others, we see that very few people were a part of his life, and despite his money, he was unable to get close to people who actually cared for him. In conclusion, the ideology of money being the key to happiness is far-fetched, and clearly untrue. With all of Gatsby efforts, and all of his money, it becomes clear that it was not enough to turn back the clock and bring him back his one love, or to help him find people who actually cared for him.