The Great Gatsby By: Brooke Mixon

Theme: Money/Materialsim

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)


Jay Gatsby
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)
Tom Buchanan
Indirect:" 'I've got a nice place here,' This is the first thing we hear Tom say and it expresses his obvious, somewhat overpowering, arrogance." (Fitzgerald pg.12)
Direct: "Now he was a sturdy, straw haired man of thirty with a rather hard mouth and a supercilious manner. Two shining, arrogant eyes had established dominance over his face and gave him the appearance of always leaning aggressively forward" (Fitzgerald pg.11)
Symbol: The Eyes of Dr.T.J Eckleberg

The faded eyes represent god viewing and judging the sinful lives of the american people. They have seen everything whether in the valley of ashes, East Egg, or West Egg . They have seen everyone: Tom, Daisy, Myrtle, and Gatsby. They have seen the cause of death.

I said ‘God knows what you’ve been doing, everything you’ve been doing. You may fool me, but you can’t fool God!’”Standing behind him, Michaelis saw with a shock that he was looking at the eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg, which had just emerged, pale and enormous, from the dissolving night. “God sees everything,” repeated Wilson. (Fitzgerald pg.167)

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