Did Money Kill the Great?

Essay by killahrichHigh School, 12th gradeA, May 2006

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Many people claim that "The Great Gatsby" is the quintessential American novel. This is due to the reoccurring theme of the book of the rise and fall of the American dream. The book is very significant because of its relation to the time period in which it was written and the actual events that were taking place in the world in and around the 1920's. This period was called the "Roaring 20's" because of the economy at the time was through the roof and people were taking advantage of the overall wealth, both independently and as a whole. (Gevaert, 2) New York City was a symbol of what America has become in the 1920's: a place where anything goes, where money is made and bootleggers flourish. In the 1920's money was very abundant, also known as the "Golden Age." (Taylor) People were very materialistic at this time and this is evident in the book for the Gatsby's and the Buchanans were always trying to impress people rather than being themselves.

Gatsby's use of the wealth and the way he sees it as being his only way to attain his one true dream- stealing Daisy away from Tom eventually leads to his demise. As they say, "For the love of money is the root of all evil." (Timothy, 6:10) and this novel certainly could support that. I plan on supporting this statement through the use of various examples throughout the book and how the main character's love of money ultimately leads to his death.

Jay Gatsby grows up not a part of the old money society, rather works his way up to becoming one of the richest men at this time. He is part of the "new money" society and therefore lives on West Egg, a section of Long Island where...