In the book, money plays an important role in resulting the characters' relationships and outcomes. The majority of the characters revealed to be highly materialistic due to their lust for money and items. Daisy marries and stays with Tom because he is capable of providing her with a luxurious lifestyle. Whereas Myrtle, who had always desired to live a rich life, has an affair with Tom not caring about the consequence. Even Gatsby wants Daisy as if she is a prize to be won after gaining his wealth. In the end of the story, Myrtle, Gatsby, and George died, Tom and Daisy were not punished and retreated back to their money.
1. “They had spent a year in France, for no particular reason, and then drifted here and there unrestfully wherever people played polo and were rich together.”(Fitzgerald pg.10)
2. He took out a pile of shirts and began throwing them, one by one before us, shirts of sheer linen and thick silk and fine flannel which lost their folds as they fell and covered the table in many-colored disarray. While we admired he brought more and the soft rich heap mounted higher...(Fitzgerald pg.97)
3. I couldn't forgive him or like him, but I saw that what he had done was, to him, entirely justified. It was all very careless and confused. They were careless people, Tom and Daisy – they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together and let other people clean up the mess they had made............... (Fitzgerald pg.187-188)
Indirect:"You look at him sometimes when he thinks nobody's looking at him. I'll bet he killed a man." (Fitzgerald pg.48)
Direct:"His tanned skin was drawn attractively tight on his face and his short hair looked as though it were trimmed everyday" (Fitzgerald pg.54)