Great Gatsby Theme Analysis Essay
The Great Gatsby Theme Analysis Essay
Happiness is the feeling of being satisfied and that life is just as it should be, perfect happiness comes when you have all of your needs satisfied. The Great Gatsby is a novel written by F.Scott Fitzgerald in 1925 about characters living in the fictional town of West and East Egg on prosperous Long Island in the summer of 1922. The novel is narrated by a writer named Nick Carraway, he mainly writes about his mysterious neighbor, Jay Gatsby, and his long lost love Daisy Buchanan. He writes about how Daisy and Gatsby talk about and how they act around each other. Fitzgerald writes about how money can and cannot buy a person's happiness. In The Great Gatsby indirect characterization demonstrates that money affects relationships more than any other factor. Gatsby’s dialogue proves that money cannot buy happiness. Nick tells Gatsby that he can’t repeat the past with Daisy. Gatsby thought that if he could be just as successful as Daisy’s husband, Tom Buchanan, that he could win Daisy back. He says to Nick, "Can't repeat the past?"he cried incredulously. "Why of course you can!""I'm going to fix everything just the way it was before," he said, nodding determinedly. "She'll see." (110). He believes that he can repeat his past with Daisy by being successful. He has dedicated his entire life to becoming wealthy with the thought of being able to get Daisy back in his life. In the end Gatsby is wrong and he doesn't end up with Daisy and isn’t happy, which proves that money cannot buy happiness. Problems cannot be solved with money. Gatsby proves that you can’t buy your happiness with money. Gatsby’s actions prove that money can buy happiness. What Gatsby has been dreaming of for years, to meet Daisy and show her his wealth, was finally coming true,
“After his embarrassment and his unreasoning joy he was consumed with wonder at her presence. He had been full of the idea so long, dreamed it right through to the end, waited with his teeth set, so to speak, at an inconceivable pitch of intensity. Now, in the reaction, he was running down like an overwound clock.” (91-92). Nick finds these emotions almost as beautiful and transformative as Gatsby’s smile, though there’s also the sense that this love could quickly veer off the rails. This proves that Gatsby bought his happiness with money because he is over the moon about meeting Daisy again. You can buy your happiness only for a moment and then it can all be lost forever. Gatsby proves that you can buy your happiness with money.
Daisy’s dialogue proves that money cannot buy happiness. Daisy goes over to Gatsby’s house to see him, they go to his room and Gatsby throws his shirts at Daisy and she says,"They're such beautiful shirts," she sobbed, her voice muffled in the thick folds. "It makes me sad because I've never seen such—such beautiful shirts before." (92). Daisy becomes excited because of how rich Gatsby has become and she can't contain it anymore. Daisy married Tom Buchanan mostly because of his wealth and success and she knows that wealth doesn’t bring happiness because of her unhappy marriage. She cries when she realizes that Gatsby was trying to win her over by becoming rich. Happiness can not be achieved with wealth. Daisy proves that money cannot buy happiness. Daisy’s actions prove that money can buy happiness. Nick, Daisy, Tom, and Gatsby were at Tom and Daisy’s house having lunch when Nick realizes that Daisy and Gatsby’s “eyes met, and they starred together at each other, alone in space. With an effort she glanced down at the table.”“She had told him that she loved him, and Tom Buchanan saw.” (119). Daisy realizes she still loves Gatsby and doesn’t care if Tom knows that she doesn’t love him any more. Daisy wants to be with Gatsby but she’s too afraid of Tom to leave him. We find out later that Daisy didn’t love Gatsby enough to leave Tom. Daisy proves money can buy happiness because Daisy fell in love with Gatsby again because of his wealth.
F.Scott Fitzgerald has two different themes in The Great Gatsby because he wants to show that money cannot solve everyone’s problems. The themes interact because they both involve money and how it can make life messy. The characters feel differently about money throughout the story. Sometimes they feel like it’s the reason they love a certain person and why they don’t love them. Fitzgerald wanted to show that people can never decide why they want to be with someone; if it's because they love them or if it's because they have money. Daisy couldn't decide whether or not she wanted to be with Gatsby because she loved him or with Tom because he is rich. Fitzgerald also wanted to show that people don’t know what they want until they can't have it. He used two different theme statements to show that money can make problems even worse than they were before.
Indirect characterization proves that in The Great Gatsby money affects relationships more than any other factor. Gatsby's actions and dialogue prove that money can and can't buy happiness. Daisy’s actions and dialogue prove that money can and can't buy happiness. F.Scott Fitzgerald uses indirect characterization to show that money can make life messy and that people don’t know what they want until they cant have it.