The Great Gatsby is about a man who fights his way from rags to riches, only to find that his wealth cannot afford him the privileges enjoyed by those born into the upper class. The central character is Jay Gatsby, a wealthy New Yorker of great determination.Gatsby is primarily known for the lavish parties he throws each weekend at his mansion in West Egg. He is suspected of being involved in illegal bootlegging and other activities. The narrator is Nick Carraway who is also Gatsbys neighbor and throughout the book, his best and only friend. Throughout all the unfortunate series of events , the search for love, power, and pride In the big city of New York is under the shadow of drama and complications.
Money and materialism clouds what is really important in life. Wether you were born rich or you were driven insane trying to become rich. The idea of having more and never having enough fogs out the idea of building true relationships with others. Finding what love really means is the universal truth behind happiness.
This theme is evident in the novel because for one, Gatsby spends large sums of money in the huge parties that he throws. He, however does not seem to enjoy them. He only wants the attention of one woman (Daisy). Also money can make people careless. Tom and daisy thought money could protect them forever thus having them behave "carelessly." Myrtle also believes money can make her life better, making her have an affair with Tom. After all, wealth is not the most important factor in life. With money does not come happiness or love. Although Gatsby knows many important people, only few come to to his funeral. Just with his life, wealth and power are now gone.
"It makes me sad because I've never seen such beautiful shirts before " (Fitzgerald 93-94)