The American Dream, the desire of money, creating society into different classes based on what your income is.
The Great Gatsby focuses on the American Dream wanting people, in the roaring twenties, to make money just to do anything that they want to do. Jay Gatsby, for example, was a filthy rich person wanting to share his money and love with the married, Daisy. Gatsby would do anything to have her in his arms which could mean to take away Tom’s love of his life. The American Dream is a dream that everyone wants in their life, but they can never get because of the things they had to go through during the twenties. After World War I, the Great Depression occurred causing people to fear about the future of the economy and the American Dream due to things that happened after the war. Money and class both had a connection in the Great Gatsby with people such as Jay Gatsby, the Buchanans and Jordan Baker.
With money, they divided people into different class for example, high, middle, and low class based on the people’s income. The money were also divided into groups such as “old money” and “new money” based on how they gained the money. Money and class both divides people into certain categories in society as it creates the desire to want more money and to get up in the higher class than they were before. “Old money” and “new money” had created the society of how people got money they gained in The Great Gatsby.
For example, the “new money,” like Jay Gatsby, gained their money by doing illegal things, being athletes, or gaining the money by a short period of time. With “old money,” people who gained money at a long-term establishments and people who was born with it. People with “old money,” like Tom and Daisy Buchanan, established their money through family members. People with “new money” are more likely to spend their money on anything and be irresponsible with it and “old money” people are likely to be responsible with it and save their money on important. People like Gatsby who are “new money” spends money to get what they want.
For example, Gatsby was in love with Daisy and would do anything to get her. He tried to impress her with materialistic items, planning a reunion, and using money. With “old money,” Tom Buchanan, for example, was still somewhat “faithful” to Daisy evening though he had an affair with Myrtle. In chapter 7, Tom said, ” He nodded sagely. ‘And what’s more, I love Daisy too. Once in a while I go off on a spree and make a fool of myself, but I always come back, and in my heart I love her all the time.
‘” The different classes of old and new money fight with one another about who has the better wealth or who is responsible of it. For example, Jay Gatsby’s “new money” party goers would go to his house and party without even meeting the host nor waiting to be invited and just go and show up.