Great Gatsby

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In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby was a very wealthy man, who is portrayed as a man with many friends and many "business" connections. However, in the end the reader finds out that even with money, Gatsby is unable to have real friends who care for him for who he is, instead of for what he can give them. After Wilson shoots and kills Gatsby, Nick arranges Gatsby's funeral and tries to contact Gatsby's friends, but all of them seem to have an excuse for not attending. Mr. Meyer Wolfsheim, who was supposed to be Gatsby's closest friend sent a letter to Nick, in which he said, "I cannot come down now as I am tied up in some very important business and cannot get mixed up in this thing now." Even though Gatsby and Mr. Wolfsheim were very close and very successful business partners, Mr.

Wolfsheim didn't care for Gatsby enough to go to his funeral. Gatsby also lived without true love, in spite of his desperate attempts to get Daisy back. When Tom, Nick, Ms. Baker, Daisy and Gatsby go to the city, Daisy admits to not loving Tom, but doesn't give the impression that she wants to leave him either. Gatsby describes his love for Daisy, when he tells Nick, "I can't describe to you how surprised I was to find out I loved her, old sport...Well, there I was, 'way off my ambitions, getting deeper in love every minute, and all of a sudden I didn't care." Gatsby expresses his immense love for Daisy ever since he met her, but they are never able to be together because he was obligated to go to war. Therefore, having money is not able to buy Gatsby true friends or true love.

As Nick...