Happiness lies not in the mere possession of moneyAuthor F. Scott Fitzgerald first made a clear distinction between the viewpoints of Gatsby and Nick on Gatsby’s life. Gatsby, who is constantly surrounded by lots of people, sees himself the center of his world and therefore has no time to be lonely. He firmly believes that his wealth could be the mean he gains the love of others. He is so caught up in his empty life of riches and material wealth; only focusing on getting Daisy back. This isolates himself from the society. Throughout the book, however, he never acknowledges that he is secluding himself along the way of reaching for the goal.
On the other hand, Nick version of seeing Gatsby lets readers be aware of his loneliness, particularly when he spends many nights alone staring at the lone green light on the end of Daisy’s dock. In the novel The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald reveals the reality of money that it does not bring happiness, but rather leaves a gap of loneliness that can only be filled with true love.First, money cannot build a sincere relationship. People around Gatsby were all on his side solely because of his wealth. They try to keep a relationship with him for the purpose of financial gain.
This means that “Gatsby without money” has no value to them as their acquaintance. “People were not invited– they went there . . . Sometimes they came and went without having met Gatsby at all”(p.41). This quotation demonstrates Gatsby’s loneliness, showing that no one seems to care if Gatsby is there or not; in those grand parties which are thrown by him. The only reason people approach him is to enjoy his great fortune.
Actually, Gatsby never had a full confidence in them, including even his co-worker and ex-lover. Fitzgerald makes it apparent that Gatsby is the epitome of loneliness with these facts. The events unfolded throughout his life even after the day he is brutally killed strengthen the theme of loneliness. It is most well seen at the funeral, when Daisy, the love of his life, does not attend. This extends to the people in Gatsby’s lifetime who took advantage of his house, money, and parties; they don’t take a moment to remember him. Fitzgerald illustrates that loneliness and money are bound together by portraying some solitude created by money in Gatsby’s life.Money builds up false hopes. It lets people delude themselves and have excessive, frothy dream, which eventually results in loneliness.
Having an absurd dream is directly connected to loneliness. This is because since it is impossible to attain, it makes people feel empty by experiencing failure at the end. Fitzgerald reveals money’s cruelty by showing Gatsby blindly pursuing his goal like a roly-poly toy without being aware of unfavorable conditions.
“Can’t repeat the past?” he cried incredulously. “Why of course you can” (116). This quotation is a conversation between Nick and Gatsby, and Nick is asserting that Gatsby can’t repeat the past while Gatsby insists he can. Looked at objectively, it is impossible to go back to the past or buy one’s love with money. However, Gatsby rigidly convinces Daisy’s love for himself since he is not hard up for money or anything; he fails to retain objectivity.Money widens hollowness in people’s lives.
Regardless of how much money one possesses, it is an uninfluential factor in the quality of life. In the novel The Great Gatsby, Daisy’s life also is a perfect example of the futility of material. Her actual life is the opposite of the American Dream, unlike Gatsby’s thought. Though she has lots of money and a dashing husband, she is struck with loneliness. “It’ll show you how I’ve gotten to feel about – things. Well, she was less than an hour old, and Tom was God knows where. I woke up out of the ether with an utterly abandoned feeling and asked the nurse right away if it was a boy or a girl” (1.
16-17). The above quotation tells that Tom doesn’t show up at the hospital while Daisy is giving birth to her child. They don’t love each other in all sincerity since Tom cheats on her- beginning of their marriage. When Nick says that he “followed Daisy around a chain of connecting verandas” (16) he emphasizes the point of Daisy’s loneliness by using the term “chain”; it implies that the character of Daisy feels like she is stuck, where she is in her respective life. This metaphorical chain is holding her back from running out on her reality and loneliness.Happiness lies not in mere money; if it does so, it is a delusion. As seen in the novel, for most characters in the novel who achieve economic success to reach their ultimate goal of satisfaction in society, wealth is the cover that they can show off to others as their proud personal profile.
However, it’s literally just the “cover,” which means that it is superficial and is not the key to happiness. Throughout the novel, Fitzgerald conveys his message that money cannot build true relationships yet can build up false hope which conclusively causes hollowness in life. In the famous American literature “Gone with the wind” written by Margaret Mitchell, there is a quote that says “‘Yes, I want money more than anything else in the world.” “Then you’ve made the only choice.
But there’s a penalty attached, as there is to most things you want. It’s loneliness.'”. If loneliness is the price to pay for wealth, why would people willing to pay it? Does money equal happiness? Indeed, in life, happiness does not lie in money but in other and in one’s self.